June 27, 2022
Youngkin leaves the nest, McAuliffe relies on surrogates for his home stretch in Virginia governor’s race
Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin is going at it alone in the home stretch of Virginia’s gubernatorial race and passing on the chance to invite the party’s biggest guns into the state. Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe is embracing a different strategy. He is rolling out the red carpet for Democratic Party players, musicians and Hollywood actors…

Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin will be running alone in Virginia’s home stretch of the gubernatorial race, and is passing up the opportunity to invite the party’s most powerful guns into the state.

Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe has a new strategy. He will be extending the red carpet to actors, musicians, and other members of the Democratic Party as part of an effort to energize voters.

Mr. McAuliffe has already joined forces with former President Barack Obama and Vice President Kamala Harris. He will campaign with President Biden this week.

Mr. Youngkin launched a “Win With Glenn” bus tour this weekend. He touted it as a chance to draw a “contrast between the grassroots enthusiasm for Glenn Youngkin‘s candidacy and Terry McAuliffe‘s desperate campaign that needs fellow career politicians Stacey Abrams, Joe Biden, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Kamala Harris and Barack Obama to draw mediocre crowds that attended to see the surrogates, not Terry.”

Mr. Youngkin , is an ex-CEO of private equity and political newcomer. He is focused his last message on tax cuts, reducing regulations, and increasing parental involvement in public education.

Youngkin spokesperson Macaulay Porter said Mr. McAuliffe is calling in reinforcements because he is desperate.

” The only person excited about Terry McAuliffe ”s candidacy was Terry McAuliffe ,”, Ms. Porter stated. “They’re calling in big-name politicians to drum up support in areas where Terry McAuliffe doesn’t have any.

“Glenn runs as an outsider,” Ms. Porter stated. “We aren’t doing our closing rallies as a typical politician would .”

McAuliffe spokesperson Renzo Olivari said Mr. Youngkin isn’t calling in big-name Republicans because he is trying to hide his ties to former President Donald Trump and his allies.

Mr. Olivari stated that Mr. Youngkin voted for former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Sen. Ted Cruz from Texas, as well as former Attorney General William Barr.

“And Glenn is No.

“And Glenn’s No.

“Virginians rejected Trump’s agenda twice previously, and they will again this time,” he stated.

Mr. McAuliffe has tried to make the race a referendum on Mr. Trump. This strategy is crucial for getting the reluctant voters to the polls, he believes.

McAuliffe is bringing in the big names to fire up the Democratic base, but nothing would fire up the Democratic base more than Trump coming to Virginia to campaign, and Youngkin knows that,” said Mark J. Rozell, dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

Youngkin already sealed the deal with the Trump voters,” Mr. Rozell said. “He doesn’t need Trump to bring them out, and he doesn’t want Trump to bring out the Democrats or turn the independents.”

The election was called an early test for Mr. Biden’s agenda. This election will serve as a barometer to the 2022 midterm election, in which Democrats will defend their fragile hold over Congress.

Mr. McAuliffe was governor from 2014 to 2018. Virginia prohibits governors serving consecutive terms.

He launched his campaign for another four years after Mr. Biden carried the state by 10 percentage points over Mr. Trump in 2020.

Mr. McAuliffe, though, is locked in a dogfight with Mr. Youngkin roughly a week before Election Day.

A Monmouth University poll released last week showed that Mr. Youngkin and Mr. McAuliffe each had the support of 46% of registered voters. The Presidential Coalition, a conservative group, commissioned a separate poll of likely voters last week that found Mr. Youngkin had a 43% to 41% lead over Mr. McAuliffe and that 11% of respondents were undecided.

The poll’s margin of error is 3.8 percent.

“With neither candidate close to 50% of the vote, and a flood of ads, candidate appeals and heavy-hitter surrogates expected to visit the state as Youngkin and McAuliffe make their final appeals, this is anyone’s race,” Republican Party consultant Kellyanne Conway said in the poll analysis. “In a state that Biden-Harris won by 10% a year ago and where McAuliffe was governor for four years, Youngkin has made the race competitive.”

Both polls showed that Mr. Youngkin‘s campaign is gaining steam and that Mr. McAuliffe hurt his chances in the final debate when he said, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

Mr. Youngkin urges his fans to seize this moment.

” In fact, this campaign is over. “This is a movement,” Mr. Youngkin stated to supporters in Henrico this weekend. It’s our movement for a Virginia that is reenergized, to start over, and to make it a better place. Virginians are waking up to a new day where they can all fly and not settle .”

Looking to regroup, Mr. McAuliffe joined forces with Mr. Obama, musician Dave Matthews and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

“As far as I can tell, the big message of Terry’s opponent is that he‘s a regular guy because he wears fleece and he’s accusing schools of brainwashing our kids,” Mr. Obama told a crowd of roughly 2,000 in Richmond.

“You cannot advertise to me that you are a regular old hoops-playing dish-washing, fleece-wearing guy. But quietly cultivate support for those who want to destroy our democracy,” said the ex-president.

The former Vice President Mike Pence was the headliner of a private fundraiser for Mr. Youngkin this summer. He is due to return to Virginia this week, to talk about education. However, he doesn’t plan to join Mr. Youngkin.

Brandy Mokar, 47, of Richmond, said it is clear why Mr. Youngkin hasn’t publicly leaned more on Mr. Trump or his coterie of allies.

” “I believe then it would reveal his true colors,” stated Ms. Mokar, a Democrat. “I believe he didn’t do it because he realized it would be a motivator for a lot people .”

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