And the Pendulum Continues ...

Yesterday’s election results were a surprise…to both Republicans and Democrats. In the governor’s race, while Gillespie trailed in most polls throughout the summer and fall, he seemed to be gaining, and Democrats were nervous at the end.  But nobody saw the 8-point defeat coming, and certainly nobody expected the House to be in jeopardy.
 
Without a doubt, there were huge headwinds going against our candidates yesterday: motivated Democrats, Republicans discouraged by what’s happening in Washington, as well as shifting demographics in the commonwealth.  Overall, the environment was not favorable.
 
President Trump also had an impact on the race on both sides of the aisle.  Trump supporters weren’t enthusiastic about the GOP candidate. At the same time, it can’t be denied that the constant attacks on the president from his opponents and the barrage in the mainstream media motivated the Democratic base, especially in northern Virginia and the suburbs of Richmond.
 
There are several reasons we lost. But in the end, it came down to one thing – voter turnout. Even though Gillespie outperformed Gov. Terry McAuliffe's victory in 2013 by 103,000 votes Northam outperformed Gillespie by 233,000 votes. The biggest pick-ups were in places like NoVA and Henrico County with white college educated suburbanite voters.
 
There are things we can’t control any more than we can control the weather.  There is also the natural ebb and flow of politics.  Middle Resolution, for example, was founded in the aftermath of Democratic victories in Virginia and nationally from 2006 to 2008. We will not idly stand-by and let the progressive left whittle away our freedoms.
 
Now is not the time to give up.  Remember, it was one year ago today that Donald Trump stunned the world in one of the greatest upsets of all time.  It only shows we need to dust ourselves off and get back into the ring and continue to work hard to win victories in 2018 and 2019 elections.
  
Please remain engaged, informed, and motivated to take on the challenges of tomorrow!  Your fellows Virginians are counting on you!