Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin’s identify is swirling within the 2024 GOP speculative vortex lower than a day after his stunning victory over Democratic former Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
The McAuliffe camp was left shellshocked Tuesday evening after Youngkin ran away with the off-year election broadly seen as a referendum on President Biden and a bellwether for the 2022 midterms.
Youngkin’s stunning defeat of McAuliffe already has the media speculation machine abuzz, with the Republican governor-elect’s identify being floated as a possible 2024 candidate.
MCAULIFFE CAMP SHELLSHOCKED AS YOUNGKIN WINS VIRGINIA GOVERNOR’S RACE
New York Times columnist Ross Douthat tweeted that Youngkin “ought to severely take into account working for president in 2024” whereas McClatchy’s Dave Catanese questioned “how lengthy will it take” for former President Trump to acknowledge the governor-elect as “his chief rival” within the contest for the GOP’s subsequent presidential nomination.
MSNBC contributor and former Rep. David Jolly, I-Fla., went the opposite manner from Trump, noting “DeSantis simply obtained a challenger for the 2024 GOP nomination.”
“Youngkin speaks the GOP platform with the optimism of Jeb Bush, the cash of Rick Scott, and the aw shucks inflection of Ted Cruz,” Jolly wrote. “Like it or not, watch him carefully.”
Valley Star News editor Matthew Royer tweeted on Tuesday that “Youngkin must be the 2024 nominee if this holds.
“Will he be although? Probably not,” Royer continued halfway into election evening. “Only factor that bodes right here nicely for Democrats.”
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McAuliffe conceded the election to Youngkin Wednesday morning, marking the top of a decade-long GOP drought in Virginia statewide races.
Republican Winsome Sears, a Marine Corps veteran, took the lieutenant governorship over Democrat Hala Ayala and Democrat state Attorney General Mark Herring was defeated by Republican Jason Miyares.
Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox News Digital. You can discover him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.