Virginia Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s political influence in the commonwealth is holding strong, as the 10 Republican candidates he endorsed have all won their contested primary contests so far this year, including six victories Tuesday night.
Two Youngkin-backed Republican state delegates running in state Senate primaries, Emily Brewer and Tara Durant, were both victorious on Tuesday night by margins of 18 points and 14 points, respectively, the New York Times reported.
State Senate candidate Bill Woolf, endorsed by Youngkin, won his primary battle by 40 points.
“Tonight, we nominated strong, dedicated public servants who are committed to our commonsense agenda and improving the lives of every Virginian,” he said. “To all the Republicans who stepped forward to run, thank you for your desire to serve your community. Here’s our opportunity: strengthen the spirit of Virginia, empower parents, keep our neighborhoods safe, provide greater opportunities in every corner of the Commonwealth and deliver real results for everyone.”
Gov. Glenn Youngkin attends an early vote rally at Brandy Station, Virginia, on Nov. 1, 2022. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
All 140 General Assembly seats will be on the ballot this fall in an election that will determine party control of the legislature for the final two years of Youngkin’s term as Virginia’s governor. Governors in the commonwealth can only serve for a single four-year term before they have to step aside.