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Republicans racking up election victories in Virginia on Tuesday night is not sitting well with Democrats.
Democrats had expected Virginia to stay reliably in their “blue” column, but Republicans won big time.
According to a report from Politico, the “Red Wave” on Tuesday has caused Democratic infighting over Joe Biden’s radical legislative agenda.
An unnamed Democrat congressman from New Jersey told Politico Playbook that Biden failed to pass any accomplishments, which hurt the base’s enthusiasm.
“F*cking disaster down-ballot and way too close at the top. Not enough excitement at top of NJ ticket — Biden, Covid, etc. No accomplishments. Should have passed infrastructure a month ago,” the unnamed Democrat told Politico.
In contrast, an unidentified House aide told Politico the defeat on Tuesday should not be blamed on progressives.
“It’s absurd to blame progressives for Virginia,” the Democrat aide said, citing that the race was lost because the election was not about “federal issues.”
“If you want to fault D.C., fault the tiny group of conservative Dems who intentionally blocked childcare, prescription drug reform, universal pre-k, and paid leave all fall,” the aide said, blaming “moderate” Democrats.
Joe Biden did not look like he took the results of Tuesday’s elections very well.
As noted by the New York Post, Biden looked “crestfallen early Wednesday when he stepped back on US soil amid a devastating election night for his party.”
“The 78-year-old commander-in-chief cast his eyes to the ground, his face etched with concern soon after stepping off Air Force One as the Democrats faced a series of crushing losses in expected strongholds. Biden, whose public schedule is empty Wednesday, had already been in crisis last week when he jetted off for his five-day jaunt in Europe, with his poll numbers flagging and ongoing struggles to pass his $3 trillion plan for new government spending,” the Post added.
More images of Biden can be seen in the Post story in the tweet below.
We Are Awake Not Woke 🇺🇸 https://t.co/bpbT6uIcjK
— Deneen Borelli (@deneenborelli) November 3, 2021
The highly anticipated election on Tuesday night was the gubernatorial election in Virginia between Republican Glenn Youngkin and Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
Youngkin — a Republican endorsed by Donald Trump — has been declared the winner.
I've seen enough: Glenn Youngkin (R) defeats Terry McAuliffe (D) in the Virginia governor's race. #VAGOV
— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 3, 2021
Newsmax, Decision Desk HQ project Republican Glenn Youngkin will win the Virginia gubernatorial race. https://t.co/MnIsL8Z0qK
— Newsmax (@newsmax) November 3, 2021
HUGE VICTORY IN VIRGINIA!
A few months ago, no one thought it was possible, but Virginians have sent a message across America.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 3, 2021
Polling was leaning towards Youngkin all week.
Democrat candidate Terry McAuliffe, the former governor of the state, is behind significantly in a brand new Fox News poll.
No Republican had won a statewide race in Virginia since 2009 and Joe Biden won the state in the 2020 presidential election.
Despite Biden campaigning for McAuliffe, Republican candidate Youngkin burst ahead in a recent poll just days before the election.
Republicans won big time across several states on Tuesday night.
Republican Mike Carey, a coal lobbyist endorsed by Donald Trump, defeated Democrat Allison Russo in a special election for Ohio’s 15th Congressional District on Tuesday night.
The U.S. House seat was held for a decade by Republican Steve Stivers, who resigned after voting earlier in the year to impeach Trump over the incident on January 6 at the Capitol.
“The results of Tuesday’s elections will leave Democrats with a 221-213 advantage over Republicans in Congress, with Brown and Carey each retaining a seat for their respective party. A third open congressional seat in Florida, where primaries were being held Tuesday, also is very likely to remain status quo and in Democratic hands,” PBS reported.
“I wanted to be somebody that could go and make a difference in Washington,” he told a crowd of supporters Tuesday night in Lancaster. “Believe me, we have too many career politicians in Washington. That’s the last thing that I will ever be.”
Carey released a statement following his win.
“Tonight the people of Ohio’s Fifteenth Congressional District have placed their trust in me and I could not me more humbled to represent them. Republican, Democrat, or Independent, I promise to fight for every person in this district because the problems facing our nation are beyond partisanship and have real consequences for working families,” he said.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 3, 2021
Carey said he spoke with Trump Tuesday night, adding that the former president was “very happy with the votes.”
“Congratulations to Mike Carey on a fantastic victory in Ohio,” Trump said in an emailed statement. “I am very proud to have endorsed him early and strongly. He will be a great congressman!”
Joe Biden endorsed Russo, who raised more money in the district than any Democrat in history.
“There’s a real need for these investments in communities, for critical infrastructure, making sure that we’re addressing the health care needs of people throughout the district, and opportunity,” Russo said before polls closed. “At the end of the day, this is really why I ran for Congress is because people just want access to opportunity.”