Glenn Younkin election night speech

Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin addresses supporters at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly early Wednesday morning after being declared the winner in the gubernatorial race.  

Local Democratic members of the House of Delegates won comfortable victories Nov. 2, but otherwise had few reasons to celebrate.

Republicans ran the table at the statewide level, as Glenn Youngkin (R) defeated former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) for the governorship, Winsome Sears (R) beat Hala Ayala (D) for the lieutenant governorship and Jason Miyares (R) ousted two-term Attorney General Mark Herring (D).

The local delegates also will find themselves back in the minority in the House of Delegates next year, as their party lost seven seats to the GOP, as well the majority it had enjoyed for the past two years.

All 100 House of Delegates seats were up for grabs this November, as they always are during odd-numbered years, and every seat was contested, which is not a regular occurrence.

Del. Marcus Simon (D) defeated Republican challenger Sarah White in the 53rd District, which includes Falls Church and parts of the McLean area. According to unofficial results, Simon received 22,742 votes (71.96 percent) and White 8,806 (27.86 percent). There also were 57 write-in votes (0.18 percent).

Simon, a lawyer and businessman, has held the seat since 2013, when he succeeded his mentor, the late Del. James Scott (D). White manages several restaurants and was a first-time candidate.

White said she expected the lopsided results in the 53rd District, which long has been in Democratic hands, but was surprised Republicans won all three statewide offices and regained the majority in the House of Delegates.

Parental input in education was a key issue in the election, she said. “I think it is clear that mothers and fathers all over the commonwealth want to have a say in their children’s education, as they should,” White said. “We really need to make sure that parents feel included and that their voices are heard. Whether it is on where their children go to school, what is being taught, what books are in the library or what classes are offered, parents want to be included in the conversation.”

Del. Mark Keam (D) won a seventh two-year term after beating Republican challenger Kevin McGrath in the 35th District, which covers the Oakton and Vienna areas.

Voters cast 25,658 ballots (69.95 percent) for Keam and 10,975 (29.92 percent) for McGrath, according to the unofficial tally. There also were 49 write-in votes (0.13 percent).

Keam first was elected to the seat in 2009 and until this year had been challenged only once for re-election. McGrath is a retired CIA employee and was making is first bid for office.

McGrath questioned how 19 local Democratic delegate candidates won by such large margins and said an audit of election results was in order.

“The most important issue to the Virginia Republican voters was cheating in the election,” he said. “At the end of every conversation I had with the voters, there was concern that the election [would] be fixed – just like the last one in November.”

Keam said he was disappointed, but not surprised, by the overall election results.

“Based on the long and logical history of Virginians voting for a governor of the opposite party of the sitting president one year after the presidential elections, which is a pattern that goes back to 1977, I expected this to be a tough year for Democrats,” he said.

American democracy works best when the majority’s wishes are carried out by those responsible for governing, while the minority’s views are fully considered, Keam said.

Constituents want to recover from the pandemic by “ensuring that everyone is vaccinated and that we all take personal responsibility to protect each other,” Keam said. “Related to this desire is the need for our schools and businesses to remain open and for our government to provide necessary resources to help them, such as unemployment payments and childcare.”

Del. Kathleen Murphy (D) bested Republican Gary Pan again in the 34th District, which includes Great Falls and parts of McLean and Sterling. Unofficial results as listed Murphy as receiving 23,094 votes (57.07 percent) to Pan’s 17,328 (42.82 percent). Forty-six voters cast write-in ballots, which amounted to 0.11 percent of the tally.

Pan said he was “very happy” to see balance restored in Virginia and that the political pendulum always swings back.

“Voters rejected the far-left progressive agenda in favor of a more moderate, common-sense approach put forth by the Republican ticket,” Pan said. “Democrats overplayed their hand and Republicans were able to capitalize.”

Murphy, who also defeated Pan in the 2019 contest, first was elected to the seat in a January 2015 special election held after Del. Barbara Comstock was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2014. Murphy had to beat a challenger to win a full term in 2015 and has faced challengers in every election since.

Murphy said she would continue to deliver on her constituents’ most important issues and represent their values. While the statewide results were “disappointing,” Murphy said she has spent most of her time as a delegate in the minority party and knows how to get work done.

“Over the past two years, the Democratic majority passed landmark legislation that has had a positive impact on the lives of all Virginians,” Murphy said. “While I wish we had a more positive outcome in this election, it is my hope that my new and old colleagues in the House of Delegates will decide to build on the progress that we have made instead of taking the commonwealth backward.”

Del. Rip Sullivan (D), whose 48th District contains parts of Arlington and McLean, easily beat Republican challenger Edward Monroe.

In unofficial results, Sullivan received 28,545 ballots (72.13 percent) to Monroe’s 10,936 (27.63 percent). Voters cast 95 write-in ballots (0.24 percent).

Sullivan sounded an upbeat note, despite Democratic setbacks.

“While I am disappointed by the results of the election, I am hopeful that Gov.-elect Youngkin will govern with an eye on lifting up all Virginians, and working together to continue our work to ensure that Virginia remains not only the best place in the United States to do business, but the best place to work, play and raise a family,” he said. “That is certainly how I intend to move forward, since the good people of the 48th District have been kind enough to send me back to Richmond.”

Election officials will certify the election Nov. 15.

[Sun Gazette Newspapers provides content to, but otherwise is unaffiliated with, InsideNoVa or Rappahannock Media LLC.]

(6) comments

Duke Nukem

Democrats are going to have to come to terms with the fact that Republicans are making inroads with the Latino vote. They are a very family oriented people. The democrats destroyed the African American family and the traditional family unit. We want low gas prices and we don't need your handouts that are worth less and less due to your policies.

Kermit Robat

So excited about the incoming Youngkin-Sears administration. The next four years are looking good for Virginia and especially for our schools.

Lon G Johnson

Maybe they should have lost, then the Biden administration would have a job waiting so they could screw the nation not just NoVa!

Harry Morant

When are you going to stop crying about the Democrat’s crushing loss of the legislature Inside NOVA? Northern Virginia is NOT the state of Virginia. You can happily drive your counties into the ground, but you are not going to take the rest of the Commonwealth with you. I only wish it had been a bigger loss. Who on Earth is voting for Democrats, it really is mind-boggling! Mental Illness is more prevalent than I thought. Sad.

Brad London

Smart people can look at democrat led cities, states and nationally to see the results of their failed policies. Higher crime (so let's defund the police!), worse schools (so let's teach CRT that all white people are oppressors and people of color are all victims!) and soaring prices and inflation (but let's claim that only those making more than $400K will see "tax increases"). Their failed policies are out there for all to see. The question is will America wake up?

John Dutko

Republicans want to give up their rights to make a police state and swear fealty to a warrior-class; they are actively pushing for censorship in schools and have recently called for book burnings; and fight to get paid less than a minimum wage wild blindly standing for billionaires who crap on them.

Y'all got played. You like to scrape the bottom of the barrel and enjoy getting screwed by the upper class, so as long as you can crap on immigrants and minorities.

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