UPDATED 9:15 AM PT – Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Republican Glenn Youngkin delivered a victory speech after the tight race for Virginia’s governor. He outlined his plan for the state while speaking in Chantilly early Wednesday morning, Youngkin wasted no time in addressing the needs of the people.
“Together, we will change the trajectory of this commonwealth and friends, we are going to start that transformation on day one,” stated the newly elected governor.
The Republican asserted he would restore excellence in schools throughout the state.
“We will invest the largest education budget in the history of the commonwealth,” he noted. “We’re going to invest in teachers, new facilities, special education. We’re going to introduce choice within our public school system.”
Additionally, the 54-year-old also promised to protect law enforcement funding.
“We are going to keep our communities safe, we’re going to comprehensively fund law enforcement because they stand up for us and we are going to stand up for them,” he stated. “Higher salaries, better equipment, more training, programs like unity in the community to work to build trust between law enforcement and those they protect and serve.”
The Associated Press called the race on Tuesday, saying Youngkin pulled ahead of his Democrat competitor, former Governor Terry McAuliffe, with 51 percent of the vote. The race had been considered a national bellwether that could give a glimpse into the 2022 midterm elections.
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— The RGA (@GOPGovs) November 3, 2021
McAuliffe conceded the gubernatorial race to his republican successor in a statement released Wednesday. The Democrat congratulated Youngkin for his victory and wished the best to him and his family.
McAuliffe was vying to earn a second term in the governor’s office after previously serving from 2014 to 2018. despite the loss, McAuliffe said he will never stop fighting to make Virginia stronger and brighter for all.
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) November 3, 2021
Youngkin will succeed outgoing Governor Ralph Northam in 2022.