After mounting an impressive campaign for governor of Virginia in 2021, Glenn Youngkin was considered by GOP insiders to be on the fast track to higher office. But after this week’s election performance by the Virginia GOP, it looks like those aspirations may be over. Newt Gingrich writes in The New York Sun:
Virginia was the biggest disappointment for Republicans on election night. Governor Youngkin is personally popular (at 57 percent approval). He raised substantial money and went all out to keep the General Assembly and win control of the State Senate. He failed on both counts.
Probably no defeat needs to be studied and analyzed more than Virginia. What did the voters think the Republican messages were? What did the voters think the Democrats’ messages were? Of everything that happened yesterday, it is Virginia that bothers me the most.
Republicans need to invest in polling and analytical work to take apart both the Democrat and Republican campaigns. To start preparing for the 2024 General Election without first thoroughly evaluating what worked and what failed in Virginia would be professional malpractice.
Anyone who tells you they already know the answers is someone no one should hire. It is really infuriating when someone who was wrong predicting the election immediately gives you a glib answer about the outcome they did not predict and the campaign they did not understand.
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