(Andrew Harnik/AP)
(Andrew Harnik/AP)

Republican Glenn Youngkin declared victory in Virginia’s high-stakes governor’s race shortly after CNN projected he would win the state’s highest office, saying he would bring transformation to the state.

“Together we will change the trajectory of this commonwealth, and friends, we are going to start that transformation on day one,” he said. “There’s no time to waste. Our kids can’t wait. We work in real people time, not government time.”

Youngkin, a Virginia businessman, then quickly moved on to the topic of education, a hot-button issue which helped propel him to victory over Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

McAuliffe has still not called Youngkin to concede the Virginia governor’s race, a campaign aide tells CNN, and said he is unlikely to do so yet tonight.

“We’re going to restore excellence in our schools,” he said. “We will invest the largest education budget in the history of the commonwealth… We’re going to introduce choice within our public school system.”

“We’re going to embrace our parents, not ignore them,” he said, referencing a comment made by McAuliffe in September in which he suggested parents ought not to tell schools what to teach.

Youngkin then moved on to the cost of living which has worried many Virginians as inflation rises, saying he would lower prices across the state and lower taxes.

“This stopped being a campaign long ago,” he continued. “This is the spirit of Virginia coming together like never before. The spirit of Washington and Jefferson and Madison and Monroe standing up and taking our commonwealth back.”

CNN’s Jeff Zeleny contributed reporting to this post.

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