Election Day is now behind us, results are in, and change is definitely in the air.
Republicans appear to be victorious in all three statewide races (the first time since 2009), and will also regain control of the House of Delegates after losing their previous majority in 2017.
Two important reminders, before getting into some of the data, graphics, and curated news coverage:
Absentee ballots (postmarked on or before Election Day) will be accepted and counted until this Friday, November 5th at noon.
All results are unofficial, until certified on Monday, November 15th.
And a reminder that our 2021 Elections Hub is still live, with all updated information and individual race results currently available.
Republican Glenn Youngkin narrowly defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Tuesday’s election for governor, a major upset on a night that saw the Virginia GOP make sweeping gains after a nearly decade-long losing streak in statewide elections. Several news outlets called the race for Youngkin shortly after 12:30 a.m.
Del. Jason Miyares, a state lawmaker and former prosecutor from Virginia Beach, is leading two-term incumbent Mark Herring in a tight race for Attorney General.
Republican Jason Miyares has claimed victory as the next attorney general of Virginia, defeating two-term incumbent Mark Herring, a Democrat.
In a stunning victory in Virginia and a strong showing in New Jersey, the Republican Party has fashioned a playbook that could repair the GOP’s tarnished image in swing states and suburban districts across the nation.
But it is a formula that may be difficult to replicate on a broad scale in next year’s midterm elections.
ATLANTA (AP) — After a year of dealing with false claims and death threats, election officials on Tuesday delivered a relatively smooth Election Day.
There were just scattered reports of voting or equipment problems, typical for Election Day: a technical problem delaying a count of early ballots, a power outage, a polling place opening late. It was too soon to gauge the effects of new voting restrictions in place in a few states.