Virginia GOP Chooses Political Newcomer Youngkin As Nominee For Governor : NPR

The then President of the Carlyle Group, Glenn Youngkin, can be seen during a panel in 2017. The first political candidate is the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images Hide caption

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The then President of the Carlyle Group, Glenn Youngkin, can be seen during a panel in 2017. The first political candidate is the Republican candidate for governor in Virginia.

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The Republicans of Virginia have selected businessman and first-time political candidate Glenn Youngkin as a candidate for governor.

“I am ready to lead, excited to serve, and deeply humble at the trust people have placed in me,” Youngkin said in a statement late Monday after his victory was assured. “The Virginians have made it clear that they are ready for a political underdog with proven business experience to make real change in Richmond.”

Youngkin, who has already poured more than $ 5.5 million of his personal money into his campaign, emerged from a bloody nomination battle with six other candidates that ended with one Party congress with several locations.

Tech entrepreneur Pete Snyder took second place in the runoff election on Monday night. Controversial Senator Amanda Chase finished third.

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The GOP candidates attended a party conference on Saturday held in 39 locations across the Commonwealth. The party spent over 12 hours on Monday hand counting approximately 30,000 ballots.

Youngkin, 54, posed as a pro-life and pro-gun Christian best positioned to take on Democrats in the elective Washington, DC, Richmond and Hampton Roads suburbs.

Republicans have not won a state election in Virginia since 2009.

Youngkin is a former CEO of Carlyle Group, an investment firm, and pledged to use his fortune to influence local and statewide conservatives.

“If we don’t defend ourselves against the money that will come [liberal financier] George Soros and others, we will never win those key local seats, “Youngkin told a crowd of Republicans at an event outside of Richmond last month.” It won’t be a lonely win for me in November. ”

Much of Youngkin’s editions So far has gone into television commercials including one with former President Donald Trump. Several former Trump employees worked on Youngkin’s campaign.

Youngkin’s first political proposal – a “Electoral Integrity Task Force“- borrowed from the rhetoric of the former president. Youngkin argued that voters from both sides of the gang distrust elections, pointing to voters who were questioning the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections. Youngkin stumbled next to US Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who led Senate efforts to oppose President Biden’s confirmation of victory.

Youngkin urged whether he personally believed false allegations of widespread electoral fraud and secured himself.

“Our president is Joe Biden because he was initiated as such,” he said. “So we have to look forward to what we need to fix.”

Youngkin has called for tightening of electoral laws in Virginia, which were expanded when the Democrats took control of the state assembly in 2020. His suggestions include photo identification for all ballot papers, an application for proof of citizenship prior to postal ballot papers being submitted, and two signatures for witnesses to postal ballot papers.

Virginia stands ready to pass its own voting law

Along with other GOP candidates, Youngkin railed against school closings amid the pandemic and vowed to defend law enforcement. Some Conservatives gave him a setback for failing to answer questionnaires sent by the National Rifle Association and the Virginia Citizens Defense League – a move some activists claimed would become a focal point on the issue in the general election trigger.

Rich Anderson, chairman of the state-run GOP, said the party would unite beyond its statewide candidates despite a campaign with many allegations of aggression.

“It’s not just the party chairman with happy talk,” Anderson said in an interview on Monday. “This is a shuttle business. A party can only stay in power that long.”

Youngkin meets the winner of a state democratic elementary school on June 8th. Former Governor Terry McAuliffe has a big lead over four other candidates in recent polls.

Susan Swecker, leader of the Virginia Democratic Party, described Youngkin as “a right-wing extremist who has shown total loyalty to Donald Trump”.

“During that campaign, Youngkin has advanced Trump’s dangerous electoral conspiracy theories, defied critical COVID-19 relief for working families and small businesses, and threatened the health of the Virginians,” she said in a statement.

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