Lessons from the November gubernatorial races: Democrats’ strategy for 2022 mid-sessions


In the first week of November, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe ran against Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin for governor of Virginia. In a surprising development, Glenn Youngkin to become first Republican governor of a blue state since 2014, logically sounding the alarm bells on what will happen to the Democratic Party in the next elections in 2022. In order to broaden the majority in the House and Senate or to mitigate the potential losses of the midterm elections, the Democratic Party must highlight its economic program and show substantial action in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Let’s compare the results of two different gubernatorial races that took place in the first week of November: Virginia and New Jersey. McAuliffe based his entire campaign on Youngkin’s connection to Trump by pointing out Youngkin’s delay in recognizing the legitimacy of the 2020 election result in Biden’s favor. However, by the time of the November 2, 2021 vote, Youngkin’s narrow victory in Virginia demonstrates that the traditional political strategy of public defamation is no longer a viable option in an environment of intense partisanship and polarization. On the other hand, Democrat Phil Murphy won in New Jersey – albeit a narrow victory, especially in a well-known Democratic stronghold – by highlighting his economic plans for the state: raising the minimum wage, taking time off. sickness benefits paid guaranteed and significant investments in infrastructure. These issues enjoy overwhelming support among the American people, with a majority of Republicans support minimum wage hike.

In the upcoming midterm elections, it is imperative that President Biden and the Democratic Party stress their role in passing the $ 550 billion infrastructure deal: a plan that will invest in repairing and building new roads, bridges, electric transit, clean water and high-speed internet, as that would be an important topic of discussion to highlight the Trump administration’s inability to pass an infrastructure plan by Congress. The United States is currently ranked 13th in the world in terms of infrastructure quality, just above Belgium and below the United Arab Emirates. On the contrary, the Democratic Party is not doing enough to highlight the United States’ lack of competitiveness in the quality of infrastructure, health care and higher education compared to the rest of the developed world. The Democratic Party is obsessed with vilifying former President Donald Trump and one of his approved candidates rather than tackling the issues that an overwhelming majority of Americans want Congress resolved, a strategy that ended very badly in Virginia – a state widely regarded as a Democratic stronghold. The other major bill hotly contested in Congress is the $ 1.75 trillion reconciliation invoice which would legislate investing in clean energy, the extended children’s tax credit, universal preschool for all Americans, and extended Medicare coverage for dental and hearing benefits. This bill is consequential and would put the United States on the verge of revamping the U.S. commitment to tackle climate change and capping the amount working families spend on child care, which obviously should be. expected in one of the richest and most developed countries in the world.

Tackling climate change, improving infrastructure and public transportation impact the lives of Americans on Main Street now and in the future. While Democrats and other left-wing candidates will easily win in urban districts midway through, Democratic candidates in swing states like Pennsylvania, Arizona, Wisconsin and Michigan will have a very close race against Republicans – – including most are backed by Donald Trump – who tactically believes the 2020 election was illegitimate and that climate change is a minor or no problem. The Democratic Party’s failure to maintain control in Virginia explicitly demonstrates that its candidates must focus on their economic agendas and their huge achievements so far in financial aid for COVID-19 and its commitment to reverse them. setbacks in infrastructure so far; otherwise, the Republican victory in Virginia is just a footnote in what will potentially be a Republican landslide in 2022. The Democratic Party’s progressive policies to fight climate change, expanding the health insurance, the fight against income inequalities and the protection of the socio-economic interests of the community and of the workers the courses would be suspended for decades to come.

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