Virginia’s gubernatorial race was the most closely watched election of the Biden era – an alleged early referendum on the politics of woke.
And Democrats got utterly swept. Led by Glenn Youngkin’s win, Republicans captured the three highest posts in Virginia’s government and flipped at least five seats in the House of Delegates to split the 100-seat chamber in half.
But the outcome wasn’t necessarily because of Democratic voters. As The New York Times reported Thursday, Democrat Terry McAuliffe “won 200,000 votes more than [current Gov. Ralph] Northam did when he won the 2017 election in a blowout.
He won nearly 600,000 more votes than he did in 2013 when he beat Kenneth Cuccinelli II to become governor. He beat his internal turnout targets in Northern Virginia, Richmond, and the Norfolk area.”
You know where the liberals didn’t turn out on election night?
On cable news.
According to Nielsen Media Research, two of every three viewers watching the returns, which also included New Jersey and New York City, tuned into the Fox News Channel during prime time, as did three of every five in the 25-54 age bracket, the one most coveted by advertisers.
The interest, at least among conservatives, propelled Fox News to its most-watched midterm election-night coverage in its 25-year history, Nielsen reported.
Fox “topped CNN and MSNBC combined in every hour of coverage in total viewers and [in ages] 25-54, peaking in the 10 PM/ET hour with over 5 million viewers and over one million in the 25-54 demo[graphic] tuning into ‘The Ingraham Angle,’” with host Laura Ingraham.
Fox’s audience meant it was “easily crushing the cable news competition,” according to Nielsen.
Fox tripled the prime-time audience of MSNBC, and was nearly five times that of CNN.
How bad was it for the liberal cable networks?
The History Channel outdid both MSNBC and CNN, which was also surpassed by the Hallmark Channel.
In fact, according to Nielsen, Fox News was so strong that it held 2.9 million viewers in the midnight hour, when Youngkin was declared the winner, which was a bigger audience than the combined viewership of MSNBC and CNN during prime time.
In short, the liberals showed up to vote, but apparently couldn’t take watching the outcome on a GOP night.
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