DemDaily: 2021: Tuesday’s Election Results!
November 3, 2021
In the most significant elections since Joe Biden took office, Democrats experienced a devasting blow in Virginia as Republicans appeared to have narrowly swept the state's top three offices, reversing the gains that had proudly placed the Commonwealth in the blue category just two years ago.
In the year's premier "off-election" contest, closely watched as a harbinger of the upcoming 2022 mid-term election, political newcomer Glenn Youngkin (R) defeated former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) 50.9% to 48.4%. with 95% reporting.
The election was initially expected to be a comfortable win for Democrats in a state that Biden won by 10% over Trump in 2020. The contest closed significantly, however, in the last month as President Biden's approval ratings saw a dip amidst dissatisfaction with the gridlock in Congress and infighting within his own party over the still-unresolved Bipartisan Infrastructure bill.
In an election that also played on the national issues of concern to Americans, Youngkin successfully parlayed a debate gaffe by McAuliffe on parental control in the schools to a larger debate on education which encompassed mask mandates, critical race theory, transgender rights and government intervention -- all played out in a nasty media war on the airwaves in the final weeks.
The race for Lt. Governor was a historic one between two-term State Delegate Hala Ayala (D), who is of Afro-Latina, Lebanese and Irish descent, and former State Delegate Winsome Sears (R), who is African American. Sears prevailed 50.7% to 49.3% over Ayala, to become not only the first woman, but the first woman of color, to hold the position in the state's history.
The winner of the Attorney General's contest between two-term AG Mark Herring and challenger Jason Miyares is still too close to be called. With 95% reporting, Miyares leads 50.7% to 49.3%, a margin of under 45,000 votes.
Only three of the country's 99 state legislative chambers are holding regularly scheduled elections in 2021: the Virginia House of Delegates, and both New Jersey's legislatures.
Virginia House of Delegates
Going into the election, Democrats held a 55-45 majority in the State House.
While Democrats held on to their seats in reliably blue districts in Northern Virginia, Republicans appear to have regained control of the Virginia House, having flipped seven seats:
In the New Jersey Governor's race, Incumbent Governor Phil Murphy (D) and Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver triumphed in an unexpectedly close challenge by Jack Ciattarelli and running mate Diane Allen. With 90% reporting, Murphy secured 50.12% to Ciattarelli's 49.14%.
New Jersey General Assembly
Although Democrats are expected to hold onto their majority in the Assembly, which stood at 52-28 going into the elections, over half the State House races are still undecided.
New Jersey State Senate
In the State Senate, where Democrats held a 25-15 majority at the outset of the election, several seats are still officially undecided.
In one of the most watched contests in District 8, incumbent Dawn Addiego (D) lost to Republican challenger Jean Stanfield.
The most high-profile outstanding race is that of longtime New Jersey Democrat Leader Steve Sweeney, who is trailing Republican challenger and professional truck driver Edward Durr 48% to 52%.
Nationwide Mayoral Races
Of the country's 100 most populous cities, 27 held mayoral general elections on November 2, 2021. While final numbers are still being tallied in some races, these are the apparent winners.
Georgia, Atlanta: In the 16 candidate contest, City Council President Felicia Moore (D) emerged as the clear leader with 40.8%, advancing to one of two spots in the runoff scheduled for November 30th. She will likely face fellow City Councilmember Andre Dickens (D) who is leading former Mayor Kasim Reed (D) 23% to 22.4%.
South Carolina, Columbia: City Councilmembers Daniel Rickenmann (D) and Tameika Isaac Devine (D) are headed to a runoff November 16th. Rickenmann received 44% to Devine's 30%
In the three US House Special Elections:
Ohio's 11th Congressional District, General Election: Shontel Brown (D) easily triumphed over Republican Laverne Gore (R), 78.8% to 21.2%, to succeed Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.
Congressional District, General Election: Republican Mike Casey defeated Democratic nominee and State Representative Allison Russo 58.3% to 41.7% to replace Congressman Steve Stivers (R).
Florida 20th Congressional District, Primary Election: In the heavily contested primary election to fill the seat of the late Alcee Hastings (D), 12 votes separate Broward County Commissioner Dale Holiness (23.76%) and Trinity Health Care Services CEO Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick (23.7%) in a race that will now go to a machine and manual recount.
The eventual victor will face Republican Jason Mariner in the general election January 11, 2022.
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