VP Harris on Youngkin's win: 'It clearly was a fair election and I applaud the governor-elect'

"I supported Terry McAuliffe but I congratulate Mr. Youngkin and we will keep doing what we need to do and on the issue, again, of voting rights, we're going to keep fighting," Harris said

Updated: November 3, 2021 - 4:38pm

Vice President Kamala Harris told reporters on Wednesday that the Virginia election "clearly was a fair election and I applaud the governor-elect."

Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe. Republican candidates also won the lieutenant governor and attorney general races. 

While campaigning for McAuliffe, Harris said that "what happens in Virginia will in large part determine what happens in 2022, 2024 and on.”

Harris was asked if there are messages for the Democratic Party based on the results of the Virginia election.

"I am going to leave that to the pundits but I will say this, we had great wins as well as obviously what we talked about in Virginia," she said after Senate Republicans blocked the John R. Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2021 from moving forward in the Senate.

"I supported Terry McAuliffe but I congratulate Mr. Youngkin and we will keep doing what we need to do and on the issue, again, of voting rights, we're going to keep fighting," she said.