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Glenn Youngkin, former CEO of Carlyle Group, the private equity firm, won the GOP nomination for governor of Virginia in a closely watched election on Monday as only two states will vote in 2021 to elect their governors .
Youngkin went to Twitter late Monday and said he was “ready to lead”.
“The Virginians have made it clear that they are ready for a political outsider with proven business experience to make real change in Richmond,” he tweeted.
The 54-year-old Youngkin ran as a Conservative, beating a field of seven candidates. Pete Snyder, one of his top rivals, admitted: “I send my heartfelt congratulations. He + the ticket have my 100% support.”
The State party website showed Youngkin with around 55% of the vote when the final ballot papers were counted late Monday night. More than 30,000 delegates cast ballots Saturday at a gathering called “Uncomposed” by the Republican Party of Virginia to elect their candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.
The Associated Press reported that Youngkin is making his first attempt at public office, lending his campaign more than $ 5 million. The report said he campaigned as a “conservative Christian outsider” and highlighted his business qualifications.
Democrats will vote for their candidate in a state elementary school next month. Former Governor Terry McAuliffe is the front runner in a field of five candidates.
The New York Times reported that Youngkin has said that the past eight years of democratic rule have been crushed for the state, and if McAuliffe somehow wins, “we can kiss our business environment away.”
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McAuliffe has tried to describe Youngkin as a Republican who tickles “all over Donald Trump,” the Times reported. Politico pointed out that former President Trump lost the state by 10 points in 2020. The Republicans have not won a nationwide race in Virginia since 2009. The Washington Post reported that “the suburbs that turned blue during the Trump presidency are likely to be” the main battlegrounds in the November 2nd general election. “
McAuliffe has a fight on his hands if he is nominated. Politico reported that the state has often “deviated from the party that occupies the White House”.
The Associated Press contributed to this report