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Screenshot via CNN's "State of the Union."

Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) on Sunday said that the outcome of Virginia's gubernatorial election "might have been different," if Congress had passed the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill sooner.

Why it matters: Warner's remarks on CNN's "State of the Union" come amid a broader look back at what led to the Republican Party's key wins last week.

  • Following the off-year elections, President Biden acknowledged that stalled legislation may have contributed to disappointing results, adding that the Democratic Party needs to "produce for the American people."
  • Warner also said that GOP candidates have "stirred up the cultural pot" to win elections, saying that "I think Glenn Youngkin touched a nerve that was felt in Virginia."

What they're saying: "The House could have passed it in August. We could have spent the last three months going around Virginia talking about clean water systems," Warner told host Dana Bash.

  • "I think, if we could have been talking about that win and showing the kind of job creation that actually has been taking place, things might have been different," he added.

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Beto O'Rourke declines to say whether he wants Biden to campaign for him

Former Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, who announced his bid for governor of Texas earlier this month, declined during a television appearance on Sunday to say whether he wants President Biden to campaign with him.

Driving the news: O'Rourke sidestepped questions from CNN "State of the Union" host Dana Bash about the matter, saying instead that the campaign is not about "anyone from outside of our state," and that "this is going to be about the people of Texas."

VP touts infrastructure bill in Columbus visit

Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Local 189 union hall in Columbus on Nov. 19. Photo by Kyle Mazza/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

When it comes to local infrastructure needs, Vice President Kamala Harris had a high-profile example at the ready.

  • "Here in Ohio, there are nearly 5,000 miles of highway that need to be repaired. Highways like Interstate 70 and 71."
  • "I know what I'm talking about," she added with a laugh after a brief pause.

Women politicians are under siege

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photos: Kevin Dietsch, Stefani Reynolds, and Alex Wong/Getty Images

Women in Congress feel besieged and singled-out amid surging threats against lawmakers at all levels, with some frustrated more hasn't been done to halt the trend.

Why it matters: As record numbers of American women are being elected to public office, their growing political power is being met with death and rape threats, sexist and racist abuse and online disinformation. Collectively, it's discouraged women from running for office.

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