Politics McAuliffe, Youngkin neck-and-neck in Virginia governor race: poll
McAuliffe embraces Biden in bid for second term as Virginia governor
McAuliffe, hoping to win a nonconsecutive second term as Virginia governor in 2022, faces a crowded Democratic primary on June 8."The president says don't wear masks inside," McAuliffe parried before putting on the mask. "I don't like to argue with Joe Biden.
A new poll on the Virginia governor's race released on Thursday showed former Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin neck-and-neck in their race for the governor's mansion.
The poll, which was conducted by the conservative firm WPA Intelligence, found McAuliffe leading Youngkin by two points, 48 percent to 46 percent, which is within the poll's four-point margin of error. Five percent of voters said they were undecided.
The same survey also found Youngkin leading McAuliffe in Virginia's major media markets, with the exception of the highly populated Washington, D.C., media market, where McAuliffe led Youngkin 56 to 39 percent.
Republican Glenn Youngkin takes advantage of head start in Virginia governor's race
VIENNA, Virginia — Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin has tried to take full advantage of the monthslong head start he had over his still yet to be determined Democratic opponent to define who he is and what his campaign is about. © Provided by Washington Examiner Since late January, the Youngkin campaign broadcast two separate political ads introducing the first-time candidate to Old Dominion voters.
"Any pundit not taking the Governor's race in Virginia seriously could be open to a rude awakening come this fall," the polling memo, obtained by The Hill, read.
The data comes days after McAuliffe officiallyin the race. The former governor swept the five-person primary, winning 62 percent of the vote. His closest opponent, Jennifer Carroll Foy, trailed at roughly 20 percent of the vote.
McAuliffe left office with high approval ratings in 2018, but the WPA poll showed the former governor with a 40 percent favorable rating and 38 percent unfavorable rating in 2021.
The former governor comes into the race with the advantage of a high name ID and a skilled fundraising apparatus, but Youngkin has poured money into his campaign, helping him boost his profile in the commonwealth.
Virginia voters picking Democratic nominee for governor
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Voters on Tuesday will decide the Democratic nominee in this year’s closely watched race for Virginia governor, whittling down a five-person field in which former Gov. Terry McAuliffe is widely viewed as having a commanding lead. McAuliffe, a longtime Democratic Party fundraiser who previously held office from 2014-2018, is seeking a rare return to the governor’s mansion in the only state that prohibits its chief executive from serving consecutive terms. The race in Virginia has taken on heightened importance as Democrats aim to hold onto power after assuming full control of state government in 2020.
Both candidates went up on air and digital this week with ads and continued to lob attacks.
"I worked with reasonable Republicans to get things done, but let me be clear, Glenn Youngkin is not a reasonable Republican," McAuliffe said in his first ad of the general election, tying Youngkin to Trump.
Youngkin, on the other hand, has highlighted his status as a political outsider and on Thursdaythat Virginia "cannot afford the recycled, tired, old policies" of McAuliffe.
The WGA Intelligence poll was conducted on June 2-6, 2021, among 506 likely Virginia voters. The survey's margin of error is plus or minus 4.4 percent.
Virginia governor’s race is a battle of legacies: Trump and Terry .
Democrats want to make the campaign another referendum on Trump. Republicans want to be the party of change as McAuliffe seeks another term.Even before McAuliffe's blowout primary victory on Tuesday, Virginia Democrats were eagerly casting GOP nominee Glenn Youngkin, a former private equity executive, as an avatar of the former president. During McAuliffe's Tuesday night victory party, he said that the two are aligned on key issues, adding that Youngkin is "not a reasonable Republican." Cries of "Trumpkin" broke out from some in the crowd.