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Democrats Get Harsh 2022 Wake-Up Calls From Virginia, New Jersey

  • Republicans already had advantages heading into midterm races
  • McAuliffe unsuccessfully sought to tether Youngkin to Trump
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WATCH: Republican candidate for the Governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin declared victory in the closely watched contest. Bloomberg’s Derek Wallbank reports.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Democrats received a harsh warning about their hopes for keeping control of Congress in 2022 as voters in Virginia, New Jersey and across the country flocked to Republican candidates, less than a year after President Joe Biden took office.

In the closely watched Virginia governor’s race, Republican Glenn Youngkin shook off his opponent’s attempts to yoke him to former President Donald Trump as suburban and independent voters returned to the GOP. And in New Jersey, Democratic Governor Phil Murphy was in a tougher-than-expected battle against Republican Jack Ciattarelli for another term -- even though Murphy had been favored to win by a comfortable margin in a state Biden won by 16 points.