Owing to the recent MAGA rally and former President Donald Trump’s strong voice of support towards the Republican candidate, Glen Youngkin, is projected to win the Virginia gubernatorial race, beating incumbent Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
On Wednesday night, Youngkin held a strong lead, serving a major blow to Democrats and the Biden administration alike. Youngkin held a slight lead over McAuliffe in the early returns. Polls closed at 7 p.m. ET.
McAuliffe, 64, and Youngkin, 54, polled neck and neck in the weeks leading up to the commonwealth’s race to succeed Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam. The race for Governor in Virginia has, over the past weeks, centered around issues parents have with the state’s public school curriculum, with Youngkin decrying the teaching of Critical Race Theory and Democrats accusing the Republican of being a racist for opposing it.
More than 1.1 million votes were cast early in Virginia in the 2021 race, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. In Fairfax County, there were still about 20,000 votes to be added to a batch of early vote totals as of about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Thumb drives that record the votes malfunctioned in voting machines used at four early voting sites — the county government center, Springfield, Tysons and Mt. Vernon. Paper ballots from those machines needed to be rescanned.
Reacting to NBC’s projected Youngkin win, McAuliffe said, “Let’s count all these votes,” from campaign headquarters Tuesday night.