Republican Lt. Governor-elect Winsome Sears, the first black female ever voted into that position in the Commonwealth of Virginia, says that her victory in Tuesday's election couldn't have been anything but a "God thing."
The Jamaican-born Winsome told Fox News that she won despite a "rag-tag" staff with very little money and little hope at the beginning of the campaign, but that God came through for her.
"I'm trying to find the right words for all of this because I'm still processing it," Winsome said. "We worked and worked and worked, We went to voters and knocked on doors and had conversations with people about the real issues. We talked with men and women who had been previously incarcerated who are trying to come back into society just to have a second chance. These things are very important."
Sears said she ran a men's prison ministry for two years, trying to deliver a message of hope to those who felt like they had no hope.
"America is the land of second chances," Sears says. "That's how we did it. We tried to touch the people."
Sear's victory over Democrat Hala Ayala came as a surprise to many, as did Republican Glenn Youngkin's victory in the governor's race Tuesday over Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
In her acceptance speech Tuesday, Winsome told an enthusiastic crowd that "This is a historic night, but I didn't want to make history. I just wanted to leave it [this country] better than I found it."
Sears says that she hopes that she and Youngkin can work together with Democrats to help obliterate the divisiveness not only in her state, but in the country as well. Some in the media are reporting that Virginia's Republican sweep for the top two positions in that state could mean quite a bit when the mid-term elections roll around next November.
"What has happened with progressives is that they have pitted us all against each other so that they can swoop in and be our political savior," Sears says. "I have won my race at Lt. Governor. But I'm not going to be representing Republicans solely. No, I'm representing everybody. We have to learn to live together and get along so we can have peace.
"We talked with voters about the bread-and-butter issues. Yes, Parents do have a right to have a say in how their child is educated. That's huge not only in Virginia but in the U.S. in general. There are so many things we can do together instead of being at each other's throats. That's what people want."
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