Virginia Republicans savor Glenn Youngkin victory at retreat – The Washington Post – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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HOT SPRINGS, Va. — Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin got a hero’s welcome this weekend at the mountain resort where Virginia Republicans have flocked for more than a decade to lick their Election Day wounds.

A month after Youngkin (R) led a sweep of three statewide offices and helped his party flip the House of Delegates, the long-suffering GOP had something to celebrate. And Youngkin told hundreds of party activists gathered at the Omni Homestead Resort to get used to it.

“We are just at the beginning,” he said to cheers of “Glenn! Glenn! Glenn!” “Because we, as Republicans, are no longer going to celebrate an episodic victory. We are going to celebrate continuous victories year after year after year.”

Youngkin’s win in November over former governor Terry McAuliffe (D) gave the party its first statewide victory since 2009 — and shattered the notion that demographic trends and anti-Trump sentiment had turned the onetime purple state solidly blue. The race drew national attention as an early referendum on President Biden, who won Virginia by 10 points last year, and as a preview of what might come in midterm elections next year.

Youngkin has been taking a victory lap around the state since Election Day with a series of campaign-style rallies. But nowhere was his win more deeply relished than at the annual post-election gathering, long ago dubbed the “Republican Advance” to assert that the GOP was not in “retreat.”

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