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Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former governor and Terry McAuliffe speaks to a crowd of supporters on Nov. 2, election night, in McLean.
Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former governor and Terry McAuliffe speaks to a crowd of supporters on Nov. 2, election night, in McLean. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)
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Regarding the Nov. 3 front-page article “Youngkin holds lead in Virginia”:

Hark, what are the sounds I hear this morning in Virginia?

There is the sound of the Youngkin camp cheering for its election victories in the top state offices. This is fitting and proper.

The other sounds are nothing. I don’t hear the sounds of Democrats whining that the election was stolen or the votes counted incorrectly, or that there was massive voter fraud. I don’t hear the sounds of Democratic voters saying “Yeah! Yeah!” to accusations of voter fraud, and loudly pretending to believe that crock, and doing everything possible to reverse the results of the election. I don’t hear Democrats worshiping at the feet of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe and making pilgrimages to McLean for an audience. I don’t hear noises in Richmond of Gov. Ralph Northam (D) trying to cling to the tables and chairs so he is not ousted from office as his term expires. The voters voted. The votes were counted. There was a winner. That’s all.

I think the sounds we don’t hear this morning are more consequential than the sounds we do hear.

Daniel Lounberg, Arlington

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