Democrats fear Virginia is precursor to House drubbing

Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s drubbing in Tuesday’s gubernatorial contest in Virginia has sparked new fears for House Democrats that they could lose their majority in a blowout in the 2022 midterms.

The lawmakers say party leaders need to rethink their strategy heading into those elections to prevent a repeat of the devastating defeat majority Democrats took more than a decade ago in the 2010 midterms.

“It’s a wakeup call — and we’d better learn from it,” said Rep. Cheri Bustos (Ill.), former head of the Democrats’ campaign arm. “We’ve got exactly a year to go.”