Wednesday, October 27, 2021
When it started, the Virginia gubernatorial race looked as if it would be a strictly local affair with little national meaning. The commonwealth has gone from red to purple to blue in recent years, its status confirmed when Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump by 10 points.
With well-known Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a former governor, heavily favored to defeat Glenn Youngkin, a Republican businessman making his first political run, the stage seemed set for a predictable finish.
Then all hell broke loose.