Politics It’s real: Youngkin edges ahead of McAuliffe in Virginia race
Virginia GOP candidate tests school fight message for 2022
LEESBURG, Va. (AP) — When Democrat Terry McAuliffe said during the Virginia governor’s debate last week that he doesn’t believe “parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” his opponent pounced. Republican Glenn Youngkin quickly turned the footage into a digital ad, then announced spending $1 million on a commercial airing statewide proclaiming that “Terry went on the attack against parents.” Youngkin's campaign has since foundedRepublican Glenn Youngkin quickly turned the footage into a digital ad, then announced spending $1 million on a commercial airing statewide proclaiming that “Terry went on the attack against parents.
Apparently driven by the growing unpopularity of President Joe Biden, Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s once huge lead over Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin in the Virginia gubernatorial race has evaporated.
In the latest Trafalgar Group survey of 1,095 likely election voters, Youngkin is in the lead by a hair for the first time, 48.4% to 47.5%.
While well within the poll’s 2.96% margin of error, it is the latest sign that the deflated McAuliffe campaign is sinking fast, threatening his chance at history by becoming a rare former governor elected again in the state that bars back-to-back terms in the office.
Glenn Youngkin Slams Terry McAuliffe Over Resurfaced Claim 2000 Election Was Stolen
"We actually won the last presidential election, folks. They stole the last presidential election," McAuliffe said in 2004.While Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin's campaign has said the clip is an example of how McAuliffe has questioned the legitimacy of an election in the past—something McAuliffe's campaign has accused Youngkin of doing in connection with the 2020 election—McAuliffe has said the circumstances surrounding the 2000 and 2020 elections are different, with the U.S. Supreme Court intervening in only one.
McAuliffe has admitted that Biden’s troubles are a hurdle in his race. He once said he’d welcome Biden on the campaign trail every day, but now he’s reaching out instead to former President Obama.
In the poll, 58% disapprove of Biden, 51.7% “strongly.”
Youngkin has razor thin lead inrace:
1.3% Third Party/Write-In
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The website FiveThirtyEight gives Trafalgar an "A-" rating.
The race has fast turned into a nail-biter in part because it is seen as a test of the new president.
Another poll released today from Fox had McAuliffe up 51%-46% and a CBS poll this week had it a three-point race, McAuliffe 50% to Youngkin at 47%.
Terry McAuliffe Holds Slim Lead in Polls 3 Weeks Before Virginia's Gubernatorial Election
The November 2 race is shaping up to be a close contest between McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin.McAuliffe, who has served as Virginia's governor once before, was as of October 8 leading Youngkin in the polls by an average of 2.5 percent, according to polling averages compiled by FiveThirtyEight. Polls conducted since early September have found the gap between McAuliffe and Youngkin as wide as 9 points, while a couple of surveys have found the candidates tied among the state's likely voters.
McAuliffe is trying to use Youngkin’s embrace of Trump voters and abortion to rally his supporters while Youngkin is using McAuliffe’s recent comments about keeping parents from influencing schools to help him.
While a Washington Post poll recently suggested the abortion issue could be a winner for McAuliffe, the Trafalgar poll showed great anger at McAuliffe’s quote in the last candidate debate, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
In the poll, 54.4% disagreed with McAuliffe, 45.7% “strongly.” Just 37.1% agreed.
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Obama questions Youngkin's motives at Richmond rally for McAuliffe .
RICHMOND, Virginia — Former President Barack Obama on Saturday implored Virginians to vote for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, whom he praised as having the grit, leadership, and "track record of accomplishment" to lead the state.The popular former president spoke to hundreds of cheering Democrats who made their way to the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond to see him.