As analysts assess the results of Tuesday’s off-year elections in some states, they’re concluding that the outcomes were disappointing for Republicans — and for one prominent GOP figure in particular, Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin. Youngkin had been saying he wouldn’t hit the presidential campaign trail this year because of the elections for his state’s legislature, but he appeared to leave the door open for a 2024 White House run.
A late entry by the Republican governor now looks unlikely, as Virginia Democrats on Tuesday managed to maintain their slim majority in the state Senate and to take control of the House of Delegates from Republicans. “There was a stunning repudiation of Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin,” said the chief U.S. policy strategist at AGF Investments, Greg Valliere, in a note on Wednesday. “His presidential prospects have plunged.” Virginia Democrats had sought to make abortion rights a top issue in their 2023 campaigns, warning that GOP victories would limit access. Youngkin had said he planned to pursue restrictions on abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy, with exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother, if Republicans won control of both chambers of the state’s legislature. “There are still some issues where Republicans have political traction — urban crime, illegal immigration, food and gasoline
inflation, etc. But the inevitable post-mortem between now and Thanksgiving will focus on the GOP’s inability to gauge public opinion on abortion,” Valliere said. Five Republican presidential candidates are due to debate on Wednesday night in Miami, while the frontrunner in th …