Politics Youngkin Takes Slight Lead in New Virginia Gubernatorial Poll
Virginia Republicans seize on parental rights and schools fight in final weeks of campaign
Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin wasted no time turning a comment made by his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, into an attack ad aimed at invigorating base GOP voters and parents. © Win McNamee/Getty Images Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (left) debates Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, hosted by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce September 28, 2021, in Alexandria, Virginia. The moment came during the second and final debate between the two late last month.
Thehas released a poll showing Republican Glenn Youngkin with a one point advantage (48.4-47.5 percent) over Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s gubernatorial race.
The survey of 1,095 voters conducted between October 11 and 13 has a margin of error of three points, and indicates that three percent of Virginia voters are undecided in the contest.
On the other hand,of 1,004 voters conducted between October 10 and 13 and McAuliffe with a five point lead over Youngkin (51-46 percent). Fox’s offering has a margin of error of 3.5 points, with, again, three percent of voters calling themselves undecided.
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.
Both campaigns can put forward narratives to support their preferred vision of the race, with the ongoing school board-driven controversy in Loudoun County bolstering Youngkin’s messaging about returning educational control to parents, and a controversial rally featuring a flag used during the January 6 Capitol riot helping McAuliffe tie his opponent to Donald Trump.
Youngkin, however, did not actually attend the rally in question, condemned the use of the flag as “weird and wrong,” and restated his opinion that the events of January 6 were “sickening.”
Moreover, the overall trajectory of the race would suggest that Youngkin may hold the momentum. McAuliffe held a 4.3 point lead on August 15, a 3.7 point lead on September 15, and a 2.9 point lead on Friday, according to the FiveThirtyEight polling average.
Virginia GOP candidate backs away from Trump’s Big Lie — but wants an election "audit"
Trump-backed Virginia candidate getting snuggly with election conspiracy theorists as governor race tightens Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin (R-VA) speaks during a campaign event on July 14, 2021 in McLean, Virginia. Youngkin is running against former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Trafalgar’s poll also provided evidence that education continues to be a major factor in Virginians’ voting decision, to Youngkin’s benefit. 54.4 percent disagreed with McAuliffe’s declaration during a debate last month that “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” Only 37.1 percent agreed.
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Former President Barack Obama exhorted Virginians to support Democrat Terry McAuliffe’s candidacy for governor, warning of the dire consequences for the state and the country if he were to lose. Obama presented the choice for Virginians as between McAuliffe, who he said would keep moving the state forward, and Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin, who he said has been “encouraging the lies and conspiracy theories that we’ve had to live through all this time,” referring to the ongoing attempt by former President Donald Trump to falsely claim that the 2020 election was illegitimate.