RICHMOND, Va. – Glenn Youngkin has won the GOP gubernatorial nomination for November’s ballot, according to the Associated Press.
More than 30,000 delegates cast their ballots at the GOP convention on Saturday, and ballot counting for the governor’s race began Monday.
Since delegates voted in ranked order, ballots were being recounted until well past 10 p.m. Monday night.
After five rounds of ballot counts, Youngkin, a political newcomer, was in the lead over Pete Snyder while Amanda Chase was in third place. Ultimately, Youngkin beat out Snyder in the sixth round.
In a tweet, Youngkin wrote: “I am prepared to lead, excited to serve and profoundly humbled by the trust the people have placed in me. Virginians have made it clear that they are ready for a political outsider with proven business experience to bring real change in Richmond.”
I am prepared to lead, excited to serve and profoundly humbled by the trust the people have placed in me. Virginians have made it clear that they are ready for a political outsider with proven business experience to bring real change in Richmond.— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) May 11, 2021
Former President Donald Trump released the following statement endorsing Youngkin:
Congratulations to Glenn Youngkin for winning the Republican nomination for Governor of Virginia. Glenn is pro-Business, pro-Second Amendment, pro-Veterans, pro-America, he knows how to make Virginia’s economy rip-roaring, and he has my Complete and Total Endorsement! Glenn is running against Bill Clinton’s longtime enabler, Terry McAuliffe. Terry McAuliffe was the Clintons’ bagman in more ways than one, from the cover-ups to the get-rich-quick schemes, and his deals with Communist China look suspicious. He was responsible for many of the problems Virginia currently has. Virginia doesn’t need the Clintons or the Communist Chinese running the state, so say no to Terry McAuliffe, and yes to Patriot Glenn Youngkin!
Snyder released a statement Monday night congratulating Youngkin on the win.
“While we certainly would have preferred a win tonight, I want to congratulate Glenn Youngkin, his family and his team on a tremendous race and a deserved win. He and the entire Republican ticket will have my full support. Now is the time for our party to unite to help Glenn, Jason and the rest of our ticket win in November,” he said.
Youngkin’s competition for the Virginia governor’s seat will be determined in the June Democratic Primary on June 8.