Democrat Terry McAuliffe formally conceded from the Virginia gubernatorial race Wednesday morning, after Republican Glenn Youngkin was predicted the winner Tuesday night.
“While last night we came up short, I am proud that we spent this campaign fighting for the values we so deeply believe in,” McAuliffe said, citing the importance of protecting Virginia’s schools and voting rights, and fighting for affordable health care coverage and raising the minimum wage.
“While there will be setbacks along the way, I am confident that the long-term path of Virginia is toward inclusion, openness and tolerance for all.”
McAuliffe congratulated Youngkin in his statement saying, “Congratulations to Governor-Elect Glenn Youngkin on his victory. I hope Virginians will join me in wishing the best to him and his family.”
Youngkin was declared the winner by several networks Tuesday night with 99 percent of the expected votes tallied Tuesday night.
The Republican carried 50.7 percent of the vote compared to 48.6 percent for McAuliffe, a margin of approximately 67,000 votes out of the nearly 3.3 million ballots cast.