Vice President Kamala Harris told reporters on Wednesday that she would leave it to the experts to decide what Republican Glenn Youngkin’s unexpected win in the Virginia governor’s race means for Democrats, then went on to talk up two Democratic victories in deep-blue areas.
“I will say this: We had great wins,” Harris said on Wednesday. “We have Eric Adams in New York. In Ohio, we had Mrs. Brown, Shontel Brown, a great win and what I think will be a great addition to the United States Congress.”
Democrat Eric Adams, a former police captain who is currently the Brooklyn borough president, won over Republican Curtis Sliwa on Tuesday to become the next Mayor of New York City, where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans by roughly seven-to-one.
Shontel Brown, a Cuyahoga County Council member who also chairs the county Democratic Party, soundly won a special election in Ohio’s deep-blue 11th Congressional district, where President Biden received nearly 80% of the vote last year.
Brown will fill the seat vacated by Marcia Fudge, who accepted a position as Biden’s housing and urban development secretary.
Kamala Harris campaigned for Democrat Terry McCauliffe’s gubernatorial campaig’s final lap of Tuesday’s election.
“What happens in Virginia will, in large part, determine what happens in 2022, 2024, and on,” the Vice President said in October.
A Republican hasn’t won statewide office in Virginia since 2009 and Biden carried the state by 10 percentage points last year, but Youngkin claimed victory over McCauliffe on Tuesday.
Republican Winsome Sears was elected to be lieutenant governor, making her the first Black woman to fill that role. Republican Jason Miyares defeated Democratic incumbent Mark Herring to become the state’s next attorney general, making it a statewide sweep for the GOP in a state where Democrats had dominated for over a decade.
The country also had their eyes on another big governor’s race on Tuesday in New Jersey, where incumbent Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy narrowly won over Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli.