PoliticsStacy M. Brown

2021 Elections Show Inroads GOP is Making with Black Voters

During the decisive victories scored by Republicans on the recent Election Day, significant shifts occurred among crucial voting groups, which have only added to the misery of Democrats.

Notably, Black voters showed up for Republicans in Virginia and elsewhere.

Glenn Youngkin, the GOP candidate who defeated heavily-favored Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor, garnered 13 percent of the Black vote and did better overall than former President Donald Trump in every county in Virginia.

In the Commonwealth’s Lt. Governor’s race, Republican Winsome Sears earned 17 percent of the Black vote in her victory against Democrat Hala Ayala that included two women of color.

While Democrats held on in New Jersey with Gov. Phil Murphy retaining his seat, winning by a razor-thin margin against Republican Jack Ciattarelli, the GOP still made significant gains in the Garden State.

Overall, Republicans flipped four New Jersey counties.

While some point out that the electorate in Virginia has become both older and whiter than during last year’s presidential election, many said the inroads the GOP made this year remain indisputable.

And although Black voters didn’t turn out to the degree they did for the 2020 Presidential election, the progress made by Republicans could serve as a precursor for what lies ahead in the 2022 midterm elections.

“Congratulations to all of the Black Republican candidates who made history Tuesday night winning their state-wide and local elections across the country,” RNC National Spokesman Paris Dennard said.

“Republican trailblazer Winsome Sears defied the odds to become the first Black woman elected to serve as Virginia’s Lieutenant Governor. On the local level, Black Republicans like A.C. Cordoza (VA-91), Donald Douglas (KY,SD-22) and Jalen Johnson (Albany City Commission-II) highlight the growth and diversity of the GOP at all levels,” said Dennard, who also serves as the RNC’s director of Black Media Affairs.

With Youngkin’s victory, Dennard noted that Black Virginians have a new governor “that supports school choice and is committed to supporting HBCUs in his budgets.”

“The RNC remains committed to expanding our party, supporting our Black Republican leaders and having meaningful engagement through our RNC Black Community Centers,” Dennard said.

Stacy M. Brown

I’ve worked for the Daily News of Los Angeles, the L.A. Times, Gannet and the Times-Tribune and have contributed to the Pocono Record, the New York Post and the New York Times. Television news opportunities have included: NBC, MSNBC, Scarborough Country, the Abrams Report, Today, Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Imus in the Morning and Anderson Cooper 360. Radio programs like the Wendy Williams Experience, Tom Joyner Morning Show and the Howard Stern Show have also provided me the chance to share my views.

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