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Data: Virginia Department of Elections; Chart: Jacque Schrag/Axios

Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin outperformed Donald Trump in every single Virginia county as of Wednesday evening — and won 12 counties that had voted for President Biden just a year ago.

Why it matters: Tuesday was a slam dunk for the former college basketball player and his party. Republicans also are projected to win the lieutenant governorship and are leading the balloting for attorney general and control of the House of Delegates.

By the numbers: The college-town county of Radford swung more than any other, moving from Biden +9 to Youngkin +9.

  • While former President Trump solidly won Charlotte County in 2020, Youngkin outperformed him by 17 points — the second-largest county swing.
  • Tied for third was Emporia County, where McAuliffe maintained a healthy margin of 20% — but Biden won the county by 36% in 2020.

The big picture: The results indicate Youngkin's Trump-Lite playbook worked.

  • McAuliffe's last-minute push to link his opponent to the former president fell flat.

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Ohio county official denies knowing about attempted breach of election network

Residents of Lake County participate in early voting on Oct. 16, 2020. Photo: Dustin Franz/AFP via Getty Images

John Hamercheck, president of Ohio's Lake County Board of Commissioners, on Tuesday denied knowing about any attempts to breach the county's election network during the spring primary.

Driving the news: According to the Washington Post, a private laptop was plugged into the network inside Hamercheck's government office on May 4. No sensitive data was obtained.

Storms pummel flood-hit Pacific Northwest as border river overflows

An image of the water-logged Sumas Prairie area taken last Friday. Photo: B.C. Ministry of Transportation/Twitter.

The latest ferocious storm system to hit the Pacific Northwest triggered fresh evacuation orders and at least one mudslide in flood-ravaged British Columbia, Canada, late Sunday.

Threat level: Flood sirens sounded in Washington state as the Nooksack River overflowed. Henry Braun, mayor of Abbotsford, B.C., told reporters the water flow was headed toward the Canadian border city later Sunday. "There's nothing to stop it," he said.

Updated 5 hours ago - Health

First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada

COVID-19 testing personnel at Toronto Pearson International Airport in September. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The first two cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in North America, the Canadian government announced Sunday evening.

Driving the news: The World Health Organization has named Omicron a "variant of concern," but cautioned earlier on Sunday that it is not yet clear whether it's more transmissible than other strains of COVID-19.

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