Republicans Make Inroads Into Blue States, a Flashing Red Light for Democrats in 2022

November 3, 2021

A Republican sweep in Virginia — and an unexpected nail-biter in the New Jersey governor's race — is the most concrete evidence yet of President Biden and Democrats' major slide across the country just a year after capturing the White House and the Senate. It's a disconcerting omen for their midterm prospects in 2022, but the House and Senate were both in jeopardy before Tuesday night's results. The situation looks even more dire now.

Biden's summer of problems from Afghanistan to the border have snowballed into concrete losses now at the ballot box for his party, and Democrats look lost without more of a message than "not Trump." For the first time in 12 years, Virginia Republicans swept every statewide office, with Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin leading the ticket, Winsome Sears set to be the state's first Black and female lieutenant governor, and Jason Miyares, the son of Cuban immigrants, ousting two-term Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring. And in another twist of the knife for Democrats, Republicans took back the House of Delegates just two years after winning unified control

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