Glen Younkin Victory



Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin speaks at an election night party in Chantilly, Va., early Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, after he defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Joshua Hadley, Writer

Glen Younkin succeeded in winning the Virginia gubernatorial election against Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe in Virginia, incumbent Governor Ralph Norman. The days and weeks leading up to the election were steeped in controversy and national attention, as the nation suddenly began to pay attention to the mass revolting of parents against Virginia’s schools, which was seen as a referendum on the popularity of various social theories (such as Gender Theory, Critical Race Theory, etc.) becoming ingrained in school curriculum. Around the nation, there have been various instances of enraged parents descending upon school boards in righteous fury. A particular issue in Virginia was the alleged rape of Scott Smith’s daughter by a transgender boy, in a girl’s bathroom, that was covered up by the Loudoun County school board, who later had Scott Smith arrested earlier this year for protestations of righteous anger at the school boards. The rape was uncovered by Daily Wires’ new investigative journalist, Luke Rosiak, despite the school board’s best attempts to cover up the alleged incident. They went so far as to hide the incident due to the fact the school board was fighting for the implementation of a new transgender bathroom policy, that would allow biological men to use women’s facilities on school campuses, and didn’t want this incident to tip the scales on the already controversial decision. This incident, combined with a national movement of parents revolting against school boards, provided Glen Younkin with a once-in-a-lifetime electoral opportunity which he quickly took advantage of. 

This election might also prove a turning point in GOP electoral strategy, and form a new precedent for the Republican party, which had slowly been losing its grasp on the culture for decades. Instead of a party merely confined to interests of practical matters and economic efficiency, or in other words, the party of “Tax Cuts”, or a populist movement revolving around one particular figure, as we saw with President Trump, this election shows that the GOP is finding success in the culture wars, and can prove successful when speaking in moral languaging and appealing to voters’ sense of right and wrong in elections. This is a change long due for the Republican party, and a change that many conservatives have been wishing and advocating for since 2016. Democratic defeat in Virginia also spells a potential warning to Democrats across the country, with Biden’s increasing unpopularity, and the defeat of a Democratic governor in a solidly blue state that has voted blue since 2008 sends a strong message across the nation for Democrats whose belief in their electoral prospects is waning.