On Wednesday, Democrat former Governor Terry McAuliffe finally admitted defeat and accepted his loss to Republican governor-elect Glenn Youngkin.
“While last night we came up short, I am proud that we spent this campaign fighting for the values we so deeply believe in,” McAuliffe said. “We must protect Virginia’s great public schools and invest in our students.”
“We must protect affordable health care coverage, raise the minimum wage faster, and expand paid leave so working families have a fighting shot,” he continued. “We must protect voting rights, protect a woman’s right to choose, and, above all else, we must protect our democracy.”
“While there will be setbacks along the way, I am confident that the long term path of Virginia is toward inclusion, openness and tolerance for all,” McAuliffe added.
He then thanked his family for their support and also congratulated Younkin: “I hope Virginians will join me in wishing the best to him and his family.”
Youngkin is a political outsider and was not expected to win the election. However, the Pro-Trump candidate picked up momentum as the race went on.
On Wednesday morning, he gave a victory speech, declaring that "together, we will change the trajectory of this commonwealth, and, friends, we are going to start that transformation on day one."
Youngkin continued, “It’s time for Virginia to be the place where everyone wants to live, not leave, a place where the relentless pursuit for a better life for prosperity is not burdened or blocked by self-interested politicians who are more focused on their futures than those they were elected to serve.”
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