Headline RoundupNovember 3rd, 2021

Youngkin Wins in Virginia, Tight Race in New Jersey

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Republican Glenn Youngkin won the Virginia governor's race early Wednesday morning, beating former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.⁠

Youngkin had 50.7% of the vote to McAuliffe's 48.6% Wednesday morning with over 95% of votes counted. Youngkin's victory represents a turnaround from when President Joe Biden carried Virginia by 10 points in the 2020 election. The victor spoke early Wednesday, calling his win a "defining moment that is now millions of Virginians walking together." McAuliffe congratulated Youngkin, saying he hoped "Virginians will join me in wishing the best to him and his family." Meanwhile, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) is deadlocked in his reelection bid against Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli, who outperformed most public opinion polls; Biden won New Jersey by 16 points in 2020. 

The elections were covered prominently across the spectrum Wednesday morning, with sources on all sides analyzing how the results could spell trouble for Democrats in 2022's midterm elections. Some coverage from right-rated sources framed the results as a direct consequence of Biden's falling approval rating.

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