The question that loomed over Virginia’s much-watched legislative elections was whether Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s sunny brand of conservatism could replace Donald Trump’s sneering version and flip the state to full Republican control for the first time in a decade.
Instead, voters rejected Youngkin’s “common-sense” positions, particularly on abortion and other hot-button cultural issues. They were not impressed with his proposal to set what he called a “limit,” rather than a “ban,” on abortion after 15 weeks, with exceptions.
“I want it to be a mixed government [in Richmond] so it doesn’t go too far to the right,” Navin Alexander, 54, who owns an IT company, said Tuesday afternoon after voting at Broad Run High School in Loudoun County. “I don’t like the 15-week ban.”