Politics McAuliffe leading Youngkin by 4 points in Virginia governor race: poll
Democratic candidates vie to outperform McAuliffe in Virginia's gubernatorial primary
Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the front-runner going into Tuesday's gubernatorial primary in Virginia. But the other candidates aren't ready to concede this race. In addition to McAuliffe, there are four other candidates vying for the nomination: former Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy, state Sen. Jennifer McClellan, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Del. Lee Carter.
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) holds a four-point lead over Republican Glenn Youngkin in the commonwealth's off-year gubernatorial race, within the margin of error of.
Forty-six percent of respondents polled said they planned on voting for McAuliffe, while 42 percent said the same about Youngkin. Twelve percent of voters polled said they were undecided. The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 4.2 percent.
The latest polling comes after areleased on Friday showed McAuliffe leading Youngkin by just two points, 48 percent to 46 percent. That poll had a margin of error of 4.4 percent.
McAuliffe Has the Democratic Primary Locked Up in Virginia’s Gubernatorial Race
The former governor has a substantial edge over his competitors in both name recognition and fundraising.Youngkin is a long-time businessman who early last month defeated six other GOP primary candidates in the Republican convention. This election cycle, the party chose to host a convention rather than a traditional primary, likely an effort to avoid the past mistake of ending up with a divisive candidate chosen by a plurality of the state’s most invested Republicans.
Virginia's general election campaign kicked off last week after McAuliffe. Youngkin won the Republican convention last month.
The offices of lieutenant governor, attorney general and all 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates are up for election.
The Democratic candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general also lead their Republican opponents in the poll.
Forty-two percent of respondents said they planned on voting for Democratic Del. Hala Ayala in the lieutenant governor's race, while 36 percent said the same about Republican Delegate Winsome Sears. In the race for state attorney general, 45 percent of respondents said they supported Democratic incumbent Mark Herring, while Republican Del. Jason Miyares received 38 percent support. Twenty-two and 17 percent of voters said they were undecided in the lieutenant governor and attorney general races, respectively.
The poll was much closer on the generic ballot for the House of Delegates, with 44 percent said they would support Democrats in their district, while 43 percent said the same about Republicans. Fourteen percent said they were undecided.
The JMC Analytics survey was conducted on June 9-12, 2021, among 550 likely Virginia voters.
Virginia governor's race poses crucial test for GOP .
Republicans are looking at the governor's race in Virginia as a critical test ahead of the midterm elections as the party grapples with the continued influence of former President Trump.GOP candidate Glenn Youngkin is preparing to face off against former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a state that has trended blue in recent years and that rejected Trump in 2016 and 2020.But Republicans say they see a path forward for Youngkin in the blue state, one that will require the candidate to win the support of the pro-Trump base while also expanding his appeal to the suburbs.