Republican Glenn Youngkin was projected to win Virginia’s governor’s race, defeating Democrat Terry McAuliffe in an upset certain to have repercussions for Democrats as they look ahead to next year’s midterm elections.

In his victory speech, Youngkin vowed to “change the trajectory of this commonwealth” on his first day in office, promising to invest in the education budget, “introduce choice” within the public school system, cut several taxes and fund law enforcement.

In New Jersey, Republican Jack Ciattarelli was locked in a close race with Gov. Phil Murphy (D), who had been expected to glide to a second term. The twin performances in the off-year election’s marquee races — the first major test for the party since President Biden’s election — unnerved Democrats who months ago won the White House and control of Congress.

In races elsewhere, Minneapolis rejected a measure to revamp its police force, the first major electoral test of reform movement after George Floyd’s murder. City Question 2, as it was known, would have amended the Minneapolis charter to allow the police department to be replaced by a Department of Public Safety overseen by both the mayor and city council.

Here’s what to know

  • New York is projected to have elected Eric Adams (D) as the city’s second Black mayor, according to the Associated Press. The former police officer defeated Curtis Sliwa (R), founder of the Guardian Angels.
  • Also in New York, Democrat Alvin Bragg is projected to win the race for Manhattan district attorney, putting him charge of the criminal investigation into former president Donald Trump and his business dealings.
  • In Boston, Michelle Wu was projected to win the mayoral race and become the first Asian American mayor in the city’s history. Wu, 36, has served on the Boston City Council since 2014 and was president of the council from 2016 to 2018. She defeated fellow Democrat Annissa Essaibi George, 47, an at-large member of the council.
  • It’s an off-year for congressional elections, but three new members of Congress will officially or essentially be chosen in special elections. In Ohio, Democrat Shontel Brown was projected to win the special election for that state’s 11th Congressional District, and Republican Mike Carey was projected to win the 15th Congressional District. Voters in Florida’s 20th Congressional District were choosing their nominees.
  • The economy and jobs were the top issues for Virginia voters, according to network exit polling.
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