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Republican strategy pivots to schools after Youngkin win and more Virginia headlines

By: - November 4, 2021 8:02 am
Virginia Mercury

NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.

• Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger had strong words for President Joe Biden after Democrats’ crushing losses in Virginia. “Nobody elected him to be F.D.R., they elected him to be normal and stop the chaos.”—New York Times

• Biden downplayed the warning signs for Democrats coming out of Virginia, saying, “people are upset and uncertain about a lot of things.”—Associated Press

• National Republicans are already strategizing about how to use Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s schools message to retake Congress.—Reuters, POLITICO

• With several races showing close finishes, House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn hasn’t conceded her Democratic majority is gone. The battle among Republicans hoping to replace her is already underway.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• “Black and Latino voters often pick Democrats. But Republicans of color just won 2 big ‘firsts’ in Virginia.”—Washington Post

• A Democratic leader in Danville called Terry McAuliffe’s failed gubernatorial run “the worst campaign I had ever seen in my 13 years in professional Democratic politics.”—Danville Register & Bee

• Body-cam footage shows Del. Chris Hurst explaining an election-sign tampering incident as “a little hijinks and steam blowing off.”—Cardinal News

• The Charlottesville tiki-torch stunt Democratic-aligned operatives organized last week was meant to be obvious anti-Republican satire, but backfired when Democrats on Twitter mistook actors for real white supremacists.—The Intercept

• A defendant in the ongoing trial over the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville downplayed the Holocaust and admitted saying “Adolf Hitler did nothing wrong.”—Daily Progress

• In Richmond, voters in majority-white precincts scuttled a planned casino supported by voters in the heavily Black and Latino area where it was going to be built.—Richmond Times-Dispatch

• A colonel with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office was grilled by county officials over law enforcement’s role in the controversy over sexual assaults in schools. “Somebody has made a very, very bad mistake in Loudoun County. Whatever that entity is,” said one county supervisor.—WTOP

• The Brandon who unknowingly gave rise to the “Let’s go Brandon” meme is from Northern Virginia.—InsideNoVa

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