So What Really Drove the Vote in the State of Virginia?

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We already know that the GOP had a victory in Virginia. But…why? We really have to dig deep to figure this out so that it can be repeated again and again. After all, it may be the only way to protect the country from being ripped apart by the far left.

So what exactly drove the voters to the polls in Virginia and gave Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin the win? Was it the fact that former President Donald Trump endorsed the GOP candidate not once, but three times?

Glenn Youngkin accepted the endorsements from Trump, but he also kept the former president at arm’s length during the campaign.

Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic incumbent brought in a band of heavy hitters from his party. President Joe Biden came twice, and he also had help from former President Barack Obama, First Lady Jill Biden, and Vice President Kamala Harris. Youngkin did not invite Trump or any other national party leaders. He even turned away from an 11th-hour telephone rally headlined by Trump.

So what exactly tilted the race in Youngkin’s favor?

According to media reports the day after the GOP win in a state that Biden had won by more than 10% just one year ago, it seems that Trump was not the deciding factor.

If you look at the exit polls, you can see that only 42% of the voters in Virginia said that they had a favorable view of former President Trump. And 54% of the voters had an unfavorable view of him.

But the numbers focused on President Biden seemed to be the important ones. 45% of the voters in Virginia said they approve of his job, and a total of 54% disapprove of the president’s job. It was Biden’s approval rating, which has plunged more at this point in his presidency than any other president since World War II, that carried the day for the GOP.

The other side of this coin is that hatred for Trump did not drive Democratic voters to get out and vote this time around. The driving factor in this campaign was dissatisfaction with the present White House policies. It brought out the Republicans and kept the Democrats at home.

In fact, almost 3 in 10 voters said that they voted for the Republican as “a way to express opposition” to Biden, according to CNN. McAuliffe gave a great deal of time in his campaign trying to attach Youngkin to Trump, but voters just did not accept it.

In just 287 days in office, President Biden has created a great deal of chaos with voters. Inflation has skyrocketed, there is a supply chain crisis that has left store shelves empty, a worker shortage that added to the chaos, the southern border mayhem goes unsolved, and the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan is still reverberating with American voters.

Credit must also be given to the fact that Glenn Youngkin focused his campaign on local issues like the anti-parent position in education that increased in Virginia in the last weeks of the campaign. Youngkin connected with voters on both education and the economy. That’s what appealed to a majority of those who voted.

“About one-third of Virginia voters called the economy the most important issue facing the state, placing it ahead of other topics that dominated headlines in the closing days of the race. Just under one-quarter said education is most important, about 15% chose taxes, about 14% chose the COVID-19 pandemic and just about one-tenth chose abortion,” CNN reported.

So Youngkin’s win delivers a blueprint to the GOP for winning back the House and Senate in the 2022 mid-term elections. Embrace the local issues that most affect your state’s residents — and it’s OK to keep your distance from Trump. The next national election is still a year away, but economists don’t expect things to get much better.

“We’re going to have a whole new crop of Republicans come in and define a new way forward,” Youngkin told supporters the day before the election.