President Nancy Pelosi’s chamber said she is “heartbroken” over the loss of Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s governor’s race this week.
Ms. Pelosi, a California Democrat, expressed her disappointment to reporters on Thursday, though she remained confident about the Democrats ’chances in the mid-2022 period just one year away.
“I am heartbroken because Terry McAuliffe is a great leader in our country and was a great governor of Virginia, and I hoped he was a future and future governor,” she said in a press conference.
Ms. Pelosi avoided questioning whether the blockade in Congress on President Biden’s home agenda hurt Mr. McAuliffe’s chances in the razor-sharp race against Republican and first-time candidate Glenn Youngkin. Republicans swept the top races in a state easily led by Mr Biden in 2020.
“Me does not have saw the whole analysis, ”she said.
The speaker added that delivering the Democratic agenda in Capitol Hill is helping her party in elections.
“It’s not a question of the more results we can produce in the way that people understand in their lives, the better it is,” Ms. Pelosi said.
Mr. McAuliffe lost to Mr. Youngkin by about 2 percentage points on Tuesday night.
Mr. McAuliffe, who served as Virginia governor from 2014 to 2018, granted Mr. Youngkin the following day.
“While we were lacking last night, I am proud to have spent this campaign fighting for the values we so deeply believe in,” he said in a statement, congratulating his opponent.
Mr. Youngkin will be the first Republican in 12 years to serve as governor of Virginia. Inaugural Day is January 15th.