Predictions: Republican wins Virginia gubernatorial election
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WASHINGTON (dpa-AFX) – According to forecasts, the Republican Glenn Youngkin has won the gubernatorial election in the US state of Virginia, which is considered an important mood test. The Republican was just ahead of US President Joe Biden’s candidate Terry McAuliffe in the vote, as it emerged on Wednesday night (local time) from consistent predictions from CNN and NBC. The election in Virginia a year before the congressional elections is being followed closely in the country – the result is a severe setback for Biden’s Democrats.
Youngkin was supported in the election campaign by ex-President Donald Trump
– even if he publicly distanced himself from him and stood up
moderate voters concentrated. A head-to-head race had already emerged before the election, but in the summer the Democrat McAuliffe was still ahead. McAuliffe (64) was governor from 2014 to 2018, Youngkin (54) is a successful businessman. According to the forecasts, Youngkin was now around three percentage points ahead. At the beginning of the election evening, the gap between the two candidates seemed to be significantly larger – but McAuliffe then caught up.
The election is seen as a kind of litmus test for Biden, who was elected to the White House a year ago. His approval ratings are worse than ever since he took office. He has long tried to get two investment packages through Congress. Biden has so far failed because of wing battles in his own democratic party. According to observers, the defeat in the election in Virginia is also to be seen as a receipt for it./nau/DP/zb
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