How the Republicans won in Virginia

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Six months ago, Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe seemed like a shoo-in to win the Virginia governor’s race. He was competing in what was considered a solidly blue state, he had served in the position four years earlier, and Joe Biden had won the state by around 10 percentage points. What could go wrong for him? Too much for one election. Pandemic school closures that tested parents’ patience, combined with the moral panic over gender-inclusive bathrooms and the teaching of critical race theory (graduate-level legal studies that aren’t taught at the grade school level), contributed to anxie…

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