The political newcomer’s gubernatorial win was touted as a Democratic rebuff in the Commonwealth, which has trended blue over the past several elections.
VIRGINIA, USA — Republican Glenn Youngkin will be sworn in as Virginia’s 74th governor on Jan. 15, succeeding Democrat Ralph Northam, who has been in the role since January 2018.
Youngkin, 54, defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe — who served as governor from 2014 to 2018 — 51% to 49%. The political newcomer’s win was touted as a Democratic rebuff in the Commonwealth, which has trended blue over the past several elections. President Joe Biden won the state by 10 percentage points in 2020 against former President Donald Trump.
The former business executive campaigned on a platform of cutting living costs, reinvigorating job growth and community safety, and investing in education.
“Our basic philosophy of low taxes and great schools and safe communities and the best jobs, that’s not a party-based philosophy. Th
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