Glenn Youngkin (R) wouldn’t say whether he wants former President Donald Trump to campaign for him in the final weeks of Virginia’s gubernatorial election and distanced himself from a controversial right-wing rally supporting his candidacy the night before, NBC News reports.
A new CBS News poll in Virginia finds Terry McAuliffe (D) leading Glenn Youngkin (R) in the race for governor, 51% to 47%.
“Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams is set to hit the campaign trail with former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) in his bid for a second term as governor of the Old Dominion,” The Hill reports.
A new Wason Center poll in Virginia finds Terry McAuliffe (D) leading Glenn Youngkin (R) in the race for governor, 49% to 45% among likely voters.
This represents a tightening in the race since our August when McAuliffe has a 9-point lead.
Key finding: Republican likely voters are more enthusiastic about voting in this election than Democratic likely voters (61% to 55% very enthusiastic).
“Republican Jack Ciattarelli bet that New Jersey voters would view Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy’s policies on masks, vaccines and other Covid-19 restrictions as a prime example of government overreach and rule by fiat,” Politico reports.
“But with the Delta variant lingering, it’s Murphy who’s gone on a Covid-19 offensive, attacking Ciattarelli’s laissez faire positions on face coverings in schools and vaccine freedom as out-of-step with Garden State voters.”
“As New Jersey’s gubernatorial race enters its final month, Murphy is relying on a similar playbook to the one that helped California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom fend off a recall challenge last month. The governor, the only state executive up for reelection this year, is taking direct shots at opponents of economic lockdowns and Covid-19 restrictions. Democrat Terry McAuliffe is doing much the same as he tries to reclaim the governorship in Virginia.”
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (D) at a virtual campaign rally:” We are facing a lot of headwinds from Washington. As you know, the president is unpopular today, unfortunately, here in Virginia, so we have got to plow through.”
Playbook: “The Virginia gubernatorial race is shaping up as a bellwether for the midterms and will help determine whether Democrats see Biden as an asset or a liability in 2022.”
“McAuliffe has repeatedly tried to distance himself from Biden and the Democratic Congress — for instance, at a recent debate, McAuliffe said that the proposed $3.5 trillion price tag of Dems’ reconciliation package was ‘too high.’ Even so, that’s a tall task, considering that McAuliffe is longtime friends with the president, and, of course, is the former chair of the DNC.”
A new Emerson College poll in Virginia finds Terry McAuliffe (D) barely ahead of Glenn Youngkin (R) in the race for governor, 49% to 48%.
A new Fox News poll in Virginia finds Terry McAuliffe (D) leading Glenn Youngkin (R) in the race for governor, 48% to 44%.
Associated Press: “Few Republicans in recent years have harnessed the energy of the Trump base with such cool rhetoric. And there is fear within Youngkin’s campaign that Trump or his loyalists could turn against Youngkin in the days before the Nov. 2 election.”
“But if Youngkin is successful, his ability to navigate the delicate politics of the post-Trump presidency could offer the GOP a new playbook before next year’s midterm elections.”
Cook Political Report: “We can no longer say this is a contest where the Democrat has the advantage. While many of the fundamentals favor McAuliffe — and we expect he still has a slight edge — it’s Youngkin who seems to have the enthusiasm on his side. That could change before November 2, much as it did in California in the closing weeks of the race.”
“But Youngkin is far more difficult to make into a boogeyman than replacement frontrunner Larry Elder was, whose gaffes and comments were golden gifts for Gov. Gavin Newsom. He’s far more Bob McDonnell than Ken Cuccinelli, but Democrats hope he’ll be more of an Ed Gillespie ultimately — a more establishment-type Republican who was forced into more conservative positions and tied to Trump as his undoing.”
“This is why while we may put a pinkie on the scale for McAuliffe — and it’s far easier for Democrats in a state like Virginia to get the final few points they need than Republicans — the race is nonetheless close enough in our range to shift its rating. For now, Virginia Governor moves from Lean Democrat to Toss Up.”
The FiveThirtyEight polling average shows Terry McAuliffe (D) with a very small lead over Glenn Youngkim (R), 47.2% to 44.1%.
Terry McAuliffe (D) put out a new ad tying his opponent for Virginia governor, Glenn Youngkin (R), to former President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus restrictions.
A new Monmouth poll in Virginia finds Terry McAuliffe (D) leading Glenn Youngkin (R) in the race for governor, 47% to 42%.
“A range of potential electorate scenarios show McAuliffe with a lead ranging from 2 points to 7 points depending on the model. Youngkin does better when more low-propensity voters are included in the mix.”
“Specifically, McAuliffe has a fairly comfortable lead among voters who have cast ballots in every general election since 2016 (52% to 41%) while those who voted in only 2 or 3 elections during that time are evenly split (42% for Youngkin and 41% for McAuliffe).”
A new Trafalgar Group (R) poll shows McAuliffe ahead 47% to 46%.
A new Change Research poll in Virginia finds Terry McAuliffe (D) leading Glenn Youngkim (R) in the race for governor, 49% to 43%.
“McAuliffe leads by large margins on nearly every issue tested; and on the issue most important to voters — getting COVID-19 under control — nearly 60% of likely voters agree with McAuliffe’s positions on vaccine and mask mandates.”
A new Co/efficient poll in Virginia finds Terry McAuliffe (D) just leading Glenn Youngkin (R) in the race for governor among likely voters, 47% to 45%.
“Virginia’s Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin has repeatedly praised Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in recent months as a model for COVID-19 mitigation efforts, specifically lauding DeSantis’ decision to reopen his state and ban mask-wearing requirements — even in places where large swaths of the population are ineligible for vaccines,” the American Independent reports.
“As recently as Aug. 6, as COVID-19 cases in Florida were surging, Youngkin told right-wing radio host John Fredericks that he supported DeSantis’ continued decision to ban mask wearing requirements in businesses and schools.”
“I’m not even sure what Glenn’s agenda is… but politics is a dirty business, and you’re dealing with a lot of irrational voters.”
— A former colleague of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin (R), quoted by the Washington Post.
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin (R) was caught on audio telling a supporter that it’s “unclear” whether Donald Trump will be reinstated by the courts as president.
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