Coming off of strong performances in two key gubernatorial showdowns earlier this month, and benefiting from a favorable political climate, the Republican Governors Association (RGA) is optimistic about making more pickups in the 2022 elections.
As RGA holds its annual conference Wednesday and Thursday in Phoenix, Arizona, the organization points to what it calls an “historic win in Virginia” and argues that “Americans are beyond frustrated with Biden’s failed leadership and the Democrat governors who refuse to challenge him.”
And an RGA video released hours before the conference kicked off charged that “Democrats have failed the American people.”
Republican governors will discuss policy priorities and the RGA’s electoral strategy at the two-day meeting, with an eye towards the 2022 elections, when 36 states hold contests for governor.
The gathering comes two weeks after Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin edged former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia in a state that Biden carried by 10 points a year ago over former President Trump and where Republicans hadn’t won statewide in a dozen years. Republicans also captured the lieutenant governor and attorney general offices from the Democrats and flipped the state’s House of Delegates.
The GOP victories in Virginia coupled with GOP gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli’s near upset of Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy of New Jersey – along with GOP legislative pickups in the very blue Garden State – are seen as ominous signs for the Democrats as they try to hold their razor-thin House and Senate majorities in the 2022 midterms.