In Wake Of Virginia Victory, Republicans Energized To Flip More Governorships In 2022


Coming off of strong performances in two key gubernatorial showdowns earlier this month, and benefiting from a favorable political climate, the Republican Governors Association (RGA) is optimistic about making more pickups in the 2022 elections.

As RGA holds its annual conference Wednesday and Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona, the organization points to what it calls an “historic win in Virginia” and argues that “Americans are beyond frustrated with Biden’s failed leadership and the Democrat governors who refuse to challenge him.”

Republican governors will discuss policy priorities and the RGA’s electoral strategy at the two-day meeting, with an eye towards the 2022 elections, when 36 states hold contests for governor.

The gathering comes two weeks after Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin edged former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia in a state that Biden carried by 10 points a year ago over former President Trump and where Republicans hadn’t won statewide in a dozen years. Republicans also captured the lieutenant governor and attorney general offices from the Democrats and flipped the state’s House of Delegates.

The GOP victories in Virginia coupled with GOP gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli’s near upset of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey – along with GOP legislative pickups in the very blue Garden State – are seen as ominous signs for the Democrats as they try to hold their razor-thin House and Senate majorities in the 2022 midterms.

Youngkin, a first-time candidate who hailed from the business wing of the GOP, will appear at the RGA meetings. Also speaking Wednesday night at the conference will be former Vice President Mike Pence, a former Republican governor of Indiana.

While Republicans lost the White House and the Senate majority in the 2020 election cycle, they took a big bite out of the Democrats’ House majority, and they also flipped Montana’s governor’s office from blue to red. Now, in the wake of the impressive GOP performances in the 2021 elections, the RGA is looking for repeat performances in 2022.

“These races proved voters are tired of Democrats’ reckless agenda that has led to record increases in the costs of goods and services and a surge in crime across the country,” RGA communications director Jesse Hunt charged. “Democrats will have a long holiday season worrying about next year after watching two states Joe Biden won by double digits break heavily toward Republicans in 2021.”

Hunt pointed to the “eight Democrat-held states where Biden performed the same or worse compared to Virginia that are up for grabs in 2022.” And he argued that “each state’s Democrat governor has failed to address the major concerns voters have heading into 2022, and there’s not enough money in the world to save them from their own failed leadership.”

The eight states the RGA eyes flipping next year are Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Biden carried all those states – other than Kansas – in the 2020 presiden… (Read more)

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