Democrats fend off Republican sweep in win for women’s right to abortion
Virginia Democrats won majorities in the state’s two legislative chambers, defeating Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin’s attempt to unify control of the Republican Party and hampering the momentum he could have used for a possible presidential diving board.
Tuesday’s vote, which put every seat in the House of Representatives and the Senate up for election, was closely watched for what the implications could be for next year’s presidential election — and for Youngkin’s political future.
When they entered the race, Republicans had a narrow majority in the House of Representatives and had ambitions to flip the Senate.
Democratic victories were not exclusive to Virginia. The party also had successes in Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania, a sign that the party’s message, especially around abortion rights, is resonating with voters.
The victory is a major boon for President Joe Biden, whose party broke historic trends for the second time during his time in the White House by fending off expected Republican surges in the mid-cycle elections. Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear won a second term as a Democrat, Ohio voters supported abortion protections and Youngkin failed to flip the Virginia legislature.
Virginia Democrats held majorities of at least one seat in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, with results still being counted early in the day.
Vin Gopal re-elected
Indian-American Senator Vin Gopal has been re-elected to a third term in the New Jersey Senate.
most expensive legislative races in state history.
The 38-year-old Democratic senator defeated his Republican challenger, Steve Dnistrian, in New Jersey’s 11th Congressional District on Tuesday, giving him nearly 60 percent of the vote over Dnistrian and helping to flip control of both Assembly seats to Democrats. turn.
Gopal is the youngest member of the New Jersey Senate and the first South Asian American elected to the Senate in the state’s history.
Polls were open in at least 37 US states on Tuesday. The New Jersey Legislature includes the state Senate and Assembly and has 120 members from 40 districts. Each district has one representative in the Senate and two in the General Assembly, serving four-year and two-year terms.
According to The Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, all 120 seats will be on the ballot in November’s general election. According to the New Jersey Monitor, the Republican-leaning 11th District was a major focus for Republicans this year