World Virginia governor's race dead even less than two weeks from Election Day: poll
Glenn Youngkin's Complicated History on Critical Race Theory
In an effort to court skeptical right-wing voters, investment firm exec turned Republican candidate for governor of Virginia Glenn Youngkin has made banning critical race theory from public schools a cornerstone of his campaign. But there are a couple of problems with Youngkin’s pledge. First, Virginia schools say CRT doesn’t appear in educational or training material. And second, just last year, Youngkin incentivized his employees to donate to organizations which champion the same social justice policies he now pledges to outlaw—and promised that his company would match those contributions.
With just 13 days to go untilin Virginia, the showdown between former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin is deadlocked, according to a new poll.
McAuliffe and Youngkin are both at 46% amongregistered voters, according to a Monmouth University survey conducted Oct. 16-19 and released on Wednesday.
That’s a shift from Monmouth’s September and August surveys of the closely watched statewide race with likely national implications, when McAuliffe held 5-point leads.
McAuliffe boasts he'll 'build education' in wake of saying parents should have little say
Democratic Virginia gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe declared Tuesday in Alexandria that he plans to "build education" just two weeks after he created a firestorm by saying parents should have little say in what public schools teach their children. In a video taken Tuesday by the conservative Virginia Rising research group, McAuliffe was seen leaving an education roundtable discussion in Alexandria and chastising a maskless tracker who asked about his education stance.
The new poll indicates that a surge in support among independents for Youngkin is a major factor in the GOP nominee drawing even with McAuliffe. Youngkin tops McAuliffe 48%-39% among independents, compared to a 46%-37% lead for the former governor in Monmouth’s September poll.
Also boosting Youngkin is a rise in support among female voters, the poll indicates. McAuliffe’s 52%-38% lead among women in September shrunk to 47%-43% in the latest survey.
The poll also suggests geography’s at play – Youngkin increased his already enormous lead in western Virginia – the reddest part of the state – while McAuliffe’s large lead in heavily-blue Northern Virginia has slipped slightly. The new survey indicates that McAuliffe retains single digit advantages in the Tidewater and Richmond/I-95 areas of the commonwealth.
Virginia Guv Hopeful Glenn Youngkin Plays Footsie With the Far Right
An event listing for the Virginia Tea Party’s “Backlash to Socialism” summit makes no mention of Glenn Youngkin. The aspiring governor is absent from a photo gallery of the event, and there’s not a peep about it on his Facebook page, where he posted pictures from a different event that same day. But Youngkin recorded an address that played at the event, which was sponsored by the far-right John Birch Society and featured a keynote speaker who went on a conspiratorial diatribe about supposed communist infiltration, according to videos reviewed by The Daily Beast.
"Suburban women, especially in Northern Virginia, have been crucial to the sizable victories Democrats have enjoyed in the commonwealth since 2017. However, their support is not registering at the same level this time around. This is due partly to a shift in key issues important to these voters and partly to dampened enthusiasm among the party faithful," Monmouth University Polling Institute director Patrick Murray said.
The poll also suggests a shift in voters priorities, with 45% sayingand the are the top issue, up from 39% in September. and schools – at 41% - is now the second most pressing issue, up ten points from last month. Combating dropped to third place, at 23%, down 11 points from September.
The new survey indicates that Youngkin – who’s made defending the right of parents when dealing with their children’s education the closing theme of his campaign – has drawn even with McAuliffe on being trusted to handle education and schools. And the poll points to Youngkin now holding a slight edge over McAuliffe on trust on jobs and the economy.
Virginia governor's race: How to vote
Virginia's gubernatorial election looms with less than two weeks left to vote for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, members on the House of Delegates, and some local office candidates. Many Virginians will plan to line up on Nov. 2 to cast their vote, but if you can’t make it to the polls the first Tuesday in November, here’s how you can vote. Early in-person voting began Sept. 17, 45 days before the general election. Virginians can look up their local registrar’s office to see where they can vote early.
The poll was conducted in the wake of a major verbal gaffe by McAuliffe. During the second and final debate between the two candidates McAuliffe said "I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach."
The Youngkin campaign and other Republicans pounced, helping to make the clip go viral.
"McAuliffe’s sizable edge on handling Covid and his competitiveness on economic issues last month helped put him ahead in this race, but Youngkin has been able to change the terms of the debate, by using his opponent’s words on parental involvement in the school curriculum to shift voter attention on that issue. Not only has this eaten away at the Democrat’s previous advantage on education policy, but it has also raised doubts about McAuliffe’s ability to handle the pandemic," Murray said.
Virginia andare the only two states to hold gubernatorial contests in the year after a presidential election, ensuring they get outsized attention from coast to coast.
Obama warns of Republican threat to democracy in US battleground Virginia
Former US president Barack Obama urged voters Saturday to back the Democrat in a neck-and-neck state election touted as a test of the party's prospects in next year's midterm elections -- casting the Republican as a threat to democracy. Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who is vying for a second term as Virginia's governor, has seen his lead extinguished in recent polls and is in a dead heat with Republican Glenn Youngkin ahead of the November 2 vote. Obama told a cheering crowd of several hundred rapt supporters at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond that Youngkin would cut teaching jobs, restrict abortion access and back Donald Trump's fraudulent campaign to c
There's a long-running trend of voters in the commonwealth defeating the gubernatorial nominee of the party that controls the White House. McAuliffe broke with that tradition in 2013 with his election as governor in the year after Obama was reelected. McAuliffe was unable to run for reelection in 2017 because Virginia governors are barred from serving two straight terms.
The close contest in Virginia – a one-time key battleground but still competitive state which is seen as a key bellwether ahead of the 2022 midterm elections – has national Democrats on edge as they defend their razor-thin majorities in the House of Representatives and Senate in next year’s contests.
The new poll, as with other recent surveys, points to an enthusiasm advantage among GOP voters. By a 79%-72% margin, Republicans indicated they were more motivated to vote than Democrats.
McAuliffe's putting on a full court press to get Democrats to cast ballots in the current early voting period, or to go to the polls on Election Day.
One way is by bringing in top Democratic surrogates. First Lady Jill Biden campaigned with McAuliffe on Friday and voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia House Democratic leader who in 2018 made history as the first Black female gubernatorial nominee of a major political party, teamed up with him for two stops on Sunday.
stumps with McAuliffe on Thursday, and former President will campaign with McAuliffe on Saturday. McAuliffe’s also said twice over the past week that will join him as well. But the president’s standing in the commonwealth continue to slip, and stands at 43% approval and 52% disapproval in the new poll.
The poll also indicates that McAuliffe’s favorable ratings have edged down – from 40% favorable and 33% unfavorable last month to 39%-39% now. Youngkin’s 41% favorable and 29% unfavorable rating is relatively unchanged from September.
The Monmouth University poll questioned 1,005 registered voters in Virginia, ,with an overall sampling error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.
Virginia governor's race remains deadlocked one week until election, new poll shows .
The closely watched race for governor in Virginia between former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin remains deadlocked, according to the latest pollMcAuliffe, who's running for his old job, stands at 45.6% support among likely voters in Virginia, with first-time candidate Youngkin at 45.2%, in a USA Today/Suffolk University survey released on Tuesday. The razor thin margin between the two major party candidates means the closely watched race with plenty of national implications ahead of next year’s midterm elections remains all tied up.