Youngk­in’s path splits these three ways after ter­ri­ble night for GOP

Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R‑VA) fierce­ly cam­paigned in the uphill bat­tle in Vir­ginia for the GOP to have majori­ties in both the House of Del­e­gates and the state Sen­ate, but after Democ­rats nar­row­ly won both cham­bers on Tues­day, the gov­er­nor’s future has become less clear.
Democ­rats flipped the House of Del­e­gates and held the state Sen­ate, thanks in part to favor­able new leg­isla­tive maps for Democ­rats, mean­ing Youngkin will have to work with a Demo­c­ra­t­ic leg­is­la­ture for his final two years in office. Because Youngkin can­not run for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive term as gov­er­nor, due to state law, here are three moves Youngkin could make after leav­ing office in 2026.
THREE TAKEAWAYS FROM A ROUGH 2023 ELECTION FOR THE GOP
Run for Sen­ate
One of the top options for Youngkin after his four years as gov­er­nor could be to chal­lenge for­mer gov­er­nor and cur­rent Sen. Mark Warn­er (D‑VA) for his seat in 2026.
Warn­er was first elect­ed in 2008 and was sub­se­quent­ly reelect­ed in 2014 and 202 …