Virginia governoral nominee Glenn Youngkin stated he would back former President Donald Trump in 2024, if he is nominated by the Republican Party.

Mr. Youngkin, who received the president’s endorsement several times, made the pledge at the final debate against Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe in Alexandria on Tuesday.

“If he’s the Republican nominee, I’ll support him,” Mr. Youngkin said, while adding the caveat that nobody knows yet who will seek the party’s presidential nod.

Mr. McAuliffe has used Mr. Trump‘s unpopularity in Virginia to paint Mr. Youngkin as a clone of the former president.

Tuesday’s attacks were addressed by the Republican, who asserted his independency from Mr. Trump.

“There’s an over and under tonight on how many times you’re going to say Donald Trump, and it was 10. It [was] just won. You’re running against Glenn Youngkin,” he said.

In a radio interview last week, Mr. Trump said he believed Mr. Youngkin could win, but he won’t be successful by treading carefully about his support for him.

Only men who embrace the MAGA movement win,” Mr. Trump stated.

Mr. Youngkin trails Mr. McAuliffe slightly in the average of polls, though each man leads in some surveys.

A Monday poll by Monmouth University showed Mr. McAuliffe had a 5-point lead with 48% of support over Mr. Youngkin‘s 43%.

The poll of 801 Virginia voters was conducted between Sept. 22-26. The margin of error was 3.5% percentage points.

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