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Democrats Start Knifing Each Other Even Before Official Virginia Defeat

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The race for the Virginia governor’s mansion hadn’t even been called for Republican Glenn Youngkin on Tuesday night before Democrats started pulling their hair out—and pointing fingers.

For a party increasingly nervous about President Joe Biden’s drooping poll numbers and currently entangled in a game of chicken over its entire legislative agenda, Terry McAuliffe’s bruising but not entirely unanticipated loss to first-time candidate Youngkin in the typically blue commonwealth’s off-cycle election was enough to prompt visions of a midterm wipeout next year.

That possibility, which would cost Democrats their control of Congress, was enough to kick off a blame game of epic proportions, with targets ranging from McAuliffe and the national party to progressive lawmakers to centrist lawmakers to the White House’s political operation and its failure to secure an infrastructure package after months of negotiations.

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