By now you’ve heard about the major political earthquake in Virginia.
A Republican has won the governorship in what has recently been a Blue state.
But what you haven’t heard is how Trump’s endorsements have fared.
Turns out they did really well.
It was a clean sweep for President Trump.
All four of Trump’s endorsements won their races in last night’s election
Trump endorsed Glenn Youngkin, Mike Carey, Vito Fosella, and Esteban Bovo.
Terry McAuliffe and Democrats tried to run against Trump in Virginia but their strategy backfired.@GlennYoungkin will receive more votes than any Virginia governor in history.
President Trump continues to be a huge boost for Republicans across the country.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 3, 2021
I am convinced President Trump won VIRGINIA.
— AMABLACKPATRIOT (@DrShayPhD) November 3, 2021
Democrats made the Virginia race about Trump.
Republicans won up and down the ticket.
Now the media is talking about how this Victory is in spite of Trump, not because of him.
— Matt Gaetz (@mattgaetz) November 3, 2021
Trump was one of the first Republicans to call out the Anti-White & Anti-American CRT Agenda.
The idea that a Virginia race largely impacted by the issue of CRT is some repudiation of Trump is absolutely ridiculous.
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) November 3, 2021
Why does this matter?
It proves that President Trump is still in control of the Republican party.
The Democrats ran against Trump.
They made all the races about Trump, and they lost.
What does that tell you?
This appears to suggest that Trump’s brand and popularity is making a comeback, especially as the Biden administration implodes with disaster after disaster.
The Washington Examiner confirms Trump’s influence and popularity:
Yes, Virginia (and the rest of the country), Donald Trump matters.
With his post-election popularity and influence at the highest, the former president’s four endorsed candidates in Tuesday’s elections all won, highlighted by Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin, the rookie politician who beat lifetime pol Terry McAuliffe.
In the elections, two Trump-backed candidates also beat two of President Joe Biden’s endorsed challengers — the victories seen by some Republicans as a sign of 2020 election buyer’s remorse and a 2024 preview.
“The power of President Trump’s endorsement is undeniable,” said Brian Jack, the former Trump White House political director.
“President Trump continues to be a huge boost for Republicans across the country,” added Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
Trump has already begun endorsing other candidates up in 2022, notably Herschel Walker running for the Georgia Senate seat.
In Virginia last night, Trump endorsed Youngkin, and Youngkin embraced the support. But he also kept the former president at arm’s length as McAuliffe tried to build liberal support by bashing the link.
In the coming weeks, expect media pundits to try to turn this against Trump.
Even “Republican” operatives are saying that Youngkin won without Trump, but that isn’t true.
Trump endorsed Youngkin, and Youngkin enjoyed the support of the MAGA base.
I'm calling it too, Virginia for Youngkin!
Also, Go #Braves.
5 Takeaways from Virginia Tonight:
1️⃣ Virginia has rejected Biden’s radical agenda.
2️⃣ The Democrats ‘Trump Card’ against Youngkin didn’t work.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 3, 2021
JUST IN: After Newsmax called the Virginia gubernatorial race for the GOP's Glenn Youngkin on Tuesday, former President Donald Trump took a victory lap on knocking off former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who was backed by President Joe Biden. https://t.co/hdkhmMDD0A pic.twitter.com/LiyJZ1Qsz9
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) November 3, 2021
Don’t forget that Democrats made the race about Trump.
If this race was truly about Trump like they claimed, then Trump won.
By a landslide.
But now that Trump won, they’re trying to backpedal.
Let’s not forget what CNN published just a few weeks ago:
Terry McAuliffe may be running against Glenn Youngkin, but his ultimate rhetorical opponent in the closing days of Virginia’s off-year gubernatorial race is a Republican who lost a year ago.
“We don’t need a Donald Trump in khakis,” McAuliffe said of Youngkin while launching his campaign’s final bus tour on Friday in Arlington.
And voters at McAuliffe’s rally on Thursday evening with Vice President Kamala Harris clearly got the message.
“He is a bad photocopy of Trump,” Nelson Zaragoza, a mechanic from Stafford, Virginia, said of Youngkin, comparing him to former President Donald Trump. “He supports everything that Trump has been trying to push, he is doing the same thing.”
The level Democratic campaigns in Virginia have focused on Trump over the last few months has turned the off-year elections into the biggest test yet for whether the former President, who motivated historic Democratic turnout for the years he was either on the ballot or in power, still motivates the party’s base to vote in extraordinary numbers. This lesson, determined by how the tight Virginia’s races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general end up on November 2, will reverberate within the Democratic Party for years, as both official party committees and outside organizations try to understand how to motivate voters after four years of Trump in the White House.
McAuliffe, a candidate who rarely does subtlety, has not minced words about tying Youngkin to Trump, who remains unpopular in Virginia a year after losing the commonwealth by 10 points. His ads have pilloried Youngkin as a Trump acolyte, the former Democratic governor has repeatedly called him a Trump “wannabe,” and, in the closing weeks of the campaign, McAuliffe is warning that Youngkin and Trump are “running together” and the former President “wants to use this election to get him off the mat to get him ready for 2024.”
That tells you everything you need to know.
The Democrats may try to spin their way out of this.
But they ran against Trump.
And they lost.
That’s the reality.