/Republican Glenn Youngkin defeats Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia's governor race | USA TODAY

Republican Glenn Youngkin defeats Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia's governor race | USA TODAY


Glenn Youngkin won Virginia’s governor race, making him the first Republican to win statewide office in 12 years.
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Youngkin’s victory deals a rebuke to Democrats a year ahead of the 2022 elections that will decide control of Congress and other statehouses nationwide.

“How much fun!” said Youngkin, a decided underdog at the start of a campaign in which he stressed education, especially the teaching of race and history, and the economy, all issues that will loom large across the country in 2022.

“Together, we will change the trajectory of this Commonwealth,” Youngkin told cheering supporters at a victory party in the early morning hours Wednesday. “Breakfast will be served shortly,” he joked.

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