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 By Randy DeSoto  November 3, 2021 at 5:30pm

Virginia Republicans are on the verge of a clean sweep of not only the statewide offices of governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general but also control of the House of Delegates.

That reality cannot sit well for Democrats as they peer toward the 2022 midterms.

President Joe Biden won Virginia over former President Donald Trump by 10 percentage points just a year ago.

At the very top of the red wave in the Old Dominion was the governor’s race, where Glenn Youngkin upset former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

THANK YOU, VIRGINIA!

It’s a new day in the Commonwealth, and I am profoundly humbled by the trust placed on me.

We are going to get to work on Day One to ensure that Virginians soar and never settle. pic.twitter.com/hGN89mZ8kr

— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) November 3, 2021

Next was U.S. Marine veteran Winsome Sears, who took the lieutenant governor’s race, becoming the first African-American woman elected to statewide office in the commonwealth’s history.

“I am living proof” – Winsome Sears delivers a powerful victory speech blasting identity politics pic.twitter.com/gpxy61j6dl

— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 3, 2021

“In case you haven’t noticed, I am black, and I have been black all my life,” the Jamaican immigrant said in her victory speech. “But that’s not what this is about. What we are going to do is we are going to now be about the business of the commonwealth.”

GOP candidate Jason Miyares won the attorney general’s contest over Democrat Mark Herring, who was seeking a third term in the top law enforcement job.

Republican Jason Miyares wins Virginia Attorney General race https://t.co/bgGcVvmIbC pic.twitter.com/wn5Wt00L90

— The Hill (@thehill) November 3, 2021

Miyares is the son of a Cuban immigrant and will be the first Latino to hold statewide office in Virginia.

“His mother escaped from communist Cuba in 1965, which he says instilled in him a love for freedom and democracy over socialism,” the Washington Examiner reported.

Finally, to complete the clean sweep, the Republicans must win the House of Delegates, which currently stands at 50 to 46 in their favor with four seats still undecided. So at the very least, the chamber will be evenly divided.

The GOP has picked up five seats so far in overcoming the Democrats’ 55 to 45 majority heading into the election.

Dave Wasserman, with the Cook Political Report, sees Republicans on track for a 52-48 majority when everything shakes out.

The news keeps getting worse for Dems in VA, where the correction of a reporting error appears to have flipped another House of Delegates seat to the GOP. Republicans now on track for 52R-48D, pending provisionals/recounts. #VAHoD https://t.co/1MLJFbyVB4

— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 3, 2021

Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel is already claiming complete victory in Virginia.

“On top of a clean sweep of the three statewide offices in Virginia, Republicans have retaken the House of Delegates in another sound rejection of Biden and Democrat’s failed agenda. The red wave is here, and things are only going to get worse for Joe Biden and the Democrats come November 2022,” she said in a statement.

Not only did Republicans sweep statewide officeholder positions in Virginia yesterday, Republicans FLIPPED the VA House of Delegates!

Republicans put in the work and we got it done!

— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) November 3, 2021

Wasserman forecast that if the GOP achieves the same percentage gains nationally from 2020 as it did in Virginia on Tuesday night, they would pick up 51 seats and therefore a strong majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In VA, GOP House of Delegates candidates outperformed the ’20 Biden/Trump margin in their districts by a median of 12.3 pts.

If that swing were superimposed nationally, Rs would pick up 51 House seats. That’s how awful the political environment is for Dems right now.

— Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 3, 2021

Here’s hoping the red wave carries Republicans right back into control of Congress next year.

Nothing would be better than for the GOP to put a full stop to the radical agenda of Biden and the Democrats and start getting the nation back on track.

Randy DeSoto has written more than 2,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book “We Hold These Truths” and screenwriter of the political documentary “I Want Your Money.”

Birthplace

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Nationality

American

Honors/Awards

Graduated dean’s list from West Point

Education

United States Military Academy at West Point, Regent University School of Law

Books Written

We Hold These Truths

Professional Memberships

Virginia and Pennsylvania state bars

Location

Phoenix, Arizona

Languages Spoken

English

Topics of Expertise

Politics, Entertainment, Faith

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