Former President Barack Obama is slated to campaign throughout Virginia in the name of Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. Recently, Democrats have expressed their growing concerns that McAuliffe may not win in the race for the governor’s office over Republican challenger Glenn Youngkin.
Currently, Obama is scheduled to appear alongside McAuliffe in Richmond on the 23rd of October, which makes him the lastest major Democratic political figurehead to put forth a statement concerning an appearance to aid the former Virginia governor. Both former Georgia governor candidate Stacey Abrams and First Lady Jill Biden have also announced their planned appearances.
As stated in recent polls, the race has been tightening between McAuliffe and Youngkin, who is known as a Virginia businessman who started his campaign for the governor’s office back in January and secured the Republican nomination back in May.
Put forth by Christopher Newport University, one such poll showed that McAuliffe had an edge over Youngkin, loading at a bear 4% to 45%, but all within the margin of error. As reported by Politico, open of McAuliffe’s recent emails concerning fundraising asked its recipients, “Are we blowing this?”
“Of course there’s a growing fear that we’ll lose this race and if we lost it would have huge ramifications,” stated a Democratic strategist as reported by the Hill. “It would be a huge embarrassment for Democrats.”
the camping from Youngkin has targeted McAuliffe’s ideas on public schools and states that he wants to give parents a stronger voice in the education of their children.
“Terry McAuliffe is scared because Virginians are roundly rejecting 40-year politician Terry McAuliffe’s plans to defund the police, strip parents of their rights to have a say in their children’s education, and to fire people who don’t follow his authoritarian vaccine mandates, so his response is to bring in more politicians to help draw a crowd larger than 12 people,” stated Macaulay Porte, who is a spokesman for Younggkin, in an interview with the Hill.
“Glenn Youngkin is an outsider focused on delivering for the people of Virginia and making the state the best place to live, work, and raise a family,” added Porte.
The upcoming race, which is now a scant couple weeks away, has been marked as a “toss up” by the Cook Political Report, which is a standard non-partisan political analysis organization, that states may be due to greater enthusiasm for Youngkin.
“That could change before November 2, much as it did in California in the closing weeks of the race,” stated Jessica Taylor, a Cook analyst. “But Youngkin is far more difficult to make a boogeyman than replacement frontrunner Larry Elder was, whose gaffes and comments were golden gifts for Gov. Gavin Newsom.”