Glenn Youngkin makes final pitch to be Virginia's new governor
Yougkin promised Virginians in Loudoun County that he would ban critical race theory teachings in schools and that parents would have power over their children's educations.Youngkin, who holds less than a one percent lead over Democrat Terry McAuliffe, took the stage Monday night in the battleground county, which has been the state's epicenter of anger regarding school curricula and policies - in particular, the teaching of critical race theory and rules regarding transgender students.
Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin defended his 17-year-old son amid an underage voting controversy.
The Republican said his son was confused and described the situation as a bunch of "silliness."
GLENN YOUNGKIN'S UNDERAGE SON ATTEMPTED TO VOTE, OFFICIALS SAY
"There was real confusion on whether a 17-year-old could vote or not, and he had a friend who suggested he might be able to vote," he said on Thursday. "I am a little bit frustrated that the media paid so much attention to it. It's my 17-year-old son, and I would really like everybody to leave my family alone."
Youngkin's son made two attempts to vote on Election Day, despite being too young to vote. He entered a polling station and was turned away after showing his license, according to Fairfax election officials. A short while later, he came back to the station claiming that a friend was able to cast a vote despite being 17 and was turned away again, Jennifer Chanty, the precinct captain, told the Washington Post.
Glenn Youngkin Wins Virginia, Blazing 2022 Trail for GOP Through American Schools
The Virginia race was widely viewed as a test of whether the Republican party's campaign against issues like critical race theory in schools would prove a sound strategy heading into the 2022 midterm elections. Critical race theory stood at the forefront of Virginia's election as the race narrowed between the two candidates. Youngkin told voters he would ban CRT from Virginia schools, while McAuliffe called discussion of CRT a "dog whistle" and said parents shouldn't be telling schools what they teach.
The voting age in the United States is 18 per the 26th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Several states, however, allow individuals that are 17 to vote in primaries if they will be 18 by Election Day. Virginia is one of those states.
When news of this broke, Youngkin's team released a statement defending his son and saying that he just made a mistake. But this is the first time he has publicly commented on the situation.
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Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor's race on Nov. 2.
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Republican victories in Virginia show GOP candidates can win by focusing on schools and the economy - and without Trump .
In leading Republicans out of the political wilderness in Virginia, Glenn Youngkin hammered at issues that set the narrative of the governor's race.It wasn't just Youngkin who came out on top. Democrats faced a statewide rout, with Republican Winsome Sears defeating Democrat Hala Ayala in the lieutenant governor's election, Republican challenger Jason Miyares knocking out two-term Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring, and Democrats on track to potentially lose their majority in the Virginia House of Delegates.