- Virginia’s Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin was handed a stunning defeat Tuesday night on his home turf
- The state Senate stayed in Democratic hands and the House of Delegates was on track to flip to Democratic control
- Youngkin said he was laser-focused on gaining control of the state legislature, as GOP donors pressured him to jump into the 2024 presidential race
While Republican donors have been urging for Youngkin to make a late entry into the 2024 presidential race, the first-term governor said he was all-in on the GOP gaining full control of the state legislature.
Youngkin vowed to supporters to push through at 15-week abortion ban with exceptions should Republicans flip control of the state Senate.
CNN projected that Democrats would hold onto at least 21 Senate seats, giving them the majority in the 40-seat upper chamber.
Democrats are also leading in the House of Delegate count, which is currently controlled by Republicans.
Virginia’s Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin was handed a stunning defeat in Tuesday’s General Assembly elections, with Democrats projected to keep control of the state Senate
All 100 House of Delegates seats were up for election, as were the state’s 40 Senate seats.
Among those elected to the state Senate was Danica Roem, a member of the House of Delegates, who won in a competitive district to represent the D.C. suburbs.
Roem, a former journalist, made history in 2017, becoming the first trans person elected to the Virginia General Assembly.
Additionally, former CIA agent Russet Perry, a Democrat, found success in District 31, beating Youngkin’s pick, Republican Juan Pablo Segura, who co-founded the D.C.-based District Doughnut and the app Babyscripts.