“Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, on Tuesday called on leaders in Washington from both parties — including President Joe Biden — to ‘get their act together,’ while pushing Senate Democrats to scrap the filibuster if needed to enact the party’s priorities on infrastructure spending and voting rights,” the AP reports.
A new CBS News poll in Virginia finds Terry McAuliffe (D) leading Glenn Youngkin (R) in the race for governor, 51% to 47%.
Despite recent comments distancing himself from President Biden, Terry McAuliffe (D) said the president will be campaigning for him soon, National Journal reports.
Said McAuliffe: “He’ll be coming back. You bet he will.”
A new campaign ad from New Jersey Democrats attacks GOP gubernatorial nominee Jack Ciattarelli (R) over his past support for a local ban on swearing — and uses some colorful language of its own.
Former President Barack Obama will campaign for Terry McAuliffe and Virginia Democrats ahead of the November elections, CNN reports.
“The federal headwinds against Democrats on the ballot this November have never been stronger,” CNN reports.
“Democrats who were once buoyant that a well-liked President Joe Biden and popular agenda moving through Congress could propel the party to wins in 2021 are now worried that a trying few months for the President and sluggish poll numbers could impact people like Terry McAuliffe, the party’s gubernatorial nominee in Virginia, and Phil Murphy, the incumbent governor running for reelection in New Jersey.”
Said one Democratic operative in Virginia: “If people don’t wake up, we are in trouble.”
“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.
“Because I’m an email-signing slut.”
— James Carville, when asked by Politico why he has sent 47 fundraising emails for Terry McAuliffe since mid-July.
“Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe on Sunday expressed his frustration that the House has yet to pass its infrastructure bill,” The Hill reports.
Said McAuliffe: “We’ve got frustration with Washington. You know, why haven’t we passed this infrastructure bill. It passed the U.S. Senate with 69 votes two months ago. We’re tired of the chitty chat up in Washington. Get in a room and get this figured out.”
He added: “They’re paid to get up Washington, get this done and the frustration is, why isn’t it done by now?”
Washington Post: “In the country’s biggest electoral showdown of the year, Virginians are deciding whether to return McAuliffe to office, making him only the second governor in state history to serve a second term, or turn to Youngkin, a wealthy political neophyte. The outcome, strategists from both parties agree, will hinge on which candidate best generates enthusiasm from his base, overcoming the traditionally sharp falloff in voting in the year following a presidential election.”
“Three weeks before Election Day, the race is closer than either party had anticipated. McAuliffe seeks to capitalize on Virginia’s strong shift toward Democrats in recent years, even as his party and President Biden struggle through a rough season in Washington, facing the continuing pandemic, a plateaued economic recovery and intraparty battles over Biden’s plans to invest in infrastructure and social programs. Youngkin’s candidacy, meanwhile, is an early, crucial test of Republicans’ ability to craft a comeback in next year’s midterm elections.”
Politico: McAuliffe and friends plead for online cash.
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).
Glenn Youngkin’s (R) “murky answers” on Donald Trump’s false election claims “underscore his dilemma,” the AP reports.
“False claims and misinformation about the results are so widely believed by Republican voters that disputing the lies can be politically risky. For months, while running for his party’s nomination, Youngkin declined to say whether Biden was legitimately elected.”
“Now, in a general election, vying for votes in a tight race in left-leaning Virginia, Youngkin has tried to resist being branded as an election denier or letting Democrats tie him to Trump’s false claims.”
“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 lieutenant governor nominee Winsome Sears (R) refused to tell CNN whether she was vaccinated.
Said Sears: “My life is very public. It’s just the way it is. But I want to hold certain things close.”
She added: “What are we going to ask for now, HIV status? What else are we going to ask for?”
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%.
“Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin continues to call for an ‘audit’ of the voting machines in his state, an echo of the Republican push to investigate 2020 election results around the country following former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims of fraud,” Politico reports.
“Weeks before Virginia’s gubernatorial election, the campaign for Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe is reaching out to an unexpected constituency: Taylor Swift fans,” The Verge reports.
“On Tuesday, the McAuliffe campaign launched a series of Facebook, Instagram, and Google search ads highlighting his opponent Glenn Youngkin’s role in the controversial purchase of Taylor Swift’s master recordings in 2019. The buyout of Swift’s masters has been a point of bitter contention for the singer and her fans and could be an unexpected liability in the upcoming race.”