Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Nov 3, 2021 / 10:02 am
Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe (D) conceded the gubernatorial race to Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin on Wednesday, nearly 12 hours after the race was first projected to go to Youngkin.
“While last night we came up short, I am proud that we spent this campaign fighting for the values we so deeply believe in,” McAuliffe in a statement released Wednesday morning.
“We must protect Virginia’s great public schools and invest in our students. We must protect affordable health care coverage, raise the minimum wage faster, and expand paid leave so working families have a fighting shot,” he said. McAuliffe emphasized the need to “protect a woman’s right to choose” as well as voting rights.
The first outlet to call the race for Youngkin, a pro-life Republican, was Decision Desk HQ, which projected the outcome Tuesday night, about 90 minutes after the polls closed. McAuliffe declined to concede on Tuesday evening, tweeting, “Folks, not everything is counted and we’re still waiting for a lot of votes to come in. And we want to ensure every Virginians’ voice is heard.”