Virginia and New Jersey may be the canary in the coal mine for Democrats up for reelection in 2022. How long before we stop calling these races “upsets?”
According to the Daily Wire, “New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney conceded his race on Wednesday, acknowledging GOP challenger Edward Durr as one of New Jersey’s newest state senators.”
“Sweeney’s loss is a major upset for New Jersey Democrats and came amid a groundswell of outrage from parents and others over the inclusion of Critical Race Theory and other progressive ideas and policies in public schools. The swell in GOP support nearly cost the election for Democratic Governor Phil Murphy as well,” DW added.
Sweeney finally conceded to Durr in a press conference on Wednesday.
“The results of Tuesday’s elections are in. All votes have been fairly counted and I, of course, accept the results. I want to congratulate Mr. Durr and wish him the best of luck,” Sweeney said. “The people of the third legislative district are the best of New Jersey. It has been an honor and privilege to represent them in the state Senate and to serve as the president of the state Senate.”
Sweeney spent almost 150x as much as Durr on his campaign, which is reported to be as little as $2,300.