Four years ago, a Democratic sweep in Virginia and victories in scattered off-year suburban elections were the forerunner of the party’s future success in regaining the House in 2018 and the presidency in 2020.

Republicans hope their similar victories Tuesday in Virginia and elsewhere prove the same advance indicator. And many Democrats fear the GOP breakthroughs and a negative political environment from the COVID-19 pandemic’s continuing impact foreshadow a poor mid-term showing in 2022 that could cost them the House – and perhaps the Senate.

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Republican leadership is pleased by the slim-margin victory in Virginia because their campaign that intentionally carpet-bombed fake issues that don't exist, that stoked racial panic, hate, conspiracy, chaos, and division was successful - just barely.

Not surprising that there is no mention of big Democrat mayoral wins including in battleground states and big school board wins in which anti-vaxxers were defeated.

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