Did the Republicans lose Virginia forever?
The transformation of Virginia has completed. The DC swamp migrated and turned the state solid blue after Tuesday’s elections.
Democrats will have full control of Virginia for at least the next two years. The first time in 26 years.
It may not surprise people, though. The Republicans had a slim majority in Virginia’s House and Senate.
After all, Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam escaped one scandal after another pretty much unscathed. A yearbook photo showed one man in blackface and another in a KKK robe. Northam admitted he was the one in blackface, but then recanted.
The other scandal was when Northam supported a bill to make it easier for women to have “an abortion up to the moment of delivery.”
We have not heard much about Democratic Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. Right after Northam’s blackface scandal, women accused Fairfax of rape and sexual assault.
There have been signs of a possible blue Virginia. This election solidified that change:
Suburban voters turned out in big numbers to back Democratic candidates, continuing a trend of once GOP-friendly suburbs turning blue. This is the third election in a row in which Virginia Democrats made significant gains since President Donald Trump was elected.
Juli Briskman, the woman who flipped off President Donald Trump’s motorcade, defeated “Republican incumbent Suzanne Volpe to serve as the Algonkian District supervisor in Loudoun County, Virginia.”
Briskman lost her job due to her actions but received a lot of support. Someone even set up a GoFundMe account for her. She said it’s a possibility she’d flip off Trump again.
Back in 2017, Republicans won Virginia’s House after David Yancy’s name was drawn out of a bowl.
Shelly Simmonds decided to challenge Yancy again. This time she won to represent House District 94.
With the party in full control, the Democrats have “promised swift action” on their leftist progressive goals. These include “loosening abortion restrictions, expanding Medicaid, increasing gun control, and raising the minimum wage.”
House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert warned the incoming Democratic majority could erase the gains made by the GOP to keep Virginia business-friendly:
House Majority Leader Todd Gilbert on Tuesday predicted that Democrats would pursue an “extreme agenda” that would undo Republican efforts to make Virginia a business-friendly state.
“Virginians should expect public policies that look a lot more like the train-wreck that is California than the Virginia of good fiscal management and common-sense conservative governance,” Gilbert said in a statement.
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