Youngkin To Meet With Northam Thursday; Democrats Concede
Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin will meet with outgoing Governor Ralph Northam Thursday in Richmond.
In a statement, Northam congratulated Youngkin and said the state had conducted another "free and fair election."
Today, I congratulated Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin, and tomorrow we will meet to begin the smooth transition that is a hallmark of our democracy. I’m grateful to all Virginians who voted and to all the candidates who ran across our Commonwealth.https://t.co/DRy5EbhXBH— Governor Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) November 3, 2021
Youngkin did not make any public appearances or statements, other than his early Wednesday morning victory speech.
The Democratic candidate, Terry McAuliffe, conceded the race Wednesday morning. In a statement, McAuliffe congratulated Youngkin and said he was confident quote “the long term path of Virginia is toward inclusion, openness and tolerance for all.”
Delegate Hala Ayala, the Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, also conceded that race to Winsome Sears. Sears is just the second woman and first ever Black woman elected to a statewide office in Virginia's history.
Late Wednesday, Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring conceded the race to Jason Miyares. Herring said the office "has tremendous capacity for good in the lives of Virginians." Miyares is the first Latino elected to statewide office in Virginia.
52-48 Seat Majority In House Has Republicans Jockeying For Speaker's Chair
Republicans appear to have flipped 7 seats in the House of Delegates Tuesday, giving the GOP a 52-48 majority.
While the results of Tuesday’s election won’t be official until November 15th, Republicans are already jockeying to become Speaker of the House of Delegates.
Southwest Virginia Delegate Terry Kilgore put his name in the running Wednesday. It’s also expected that Delegate Todd Gilbert, who is currently the Republican leader in the House, will also be a top contender.