Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin does it alone in the home stretch of Virginia’s gubernatorial race and passes on the chance to invite the GOP’s biggest guns into the state.
Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe embraces a different strategy and rolls the red carpet out for Democratic Party players, musicians and Hollywood actors as part of a final effort to give voters energy and regain momentum.
McAuliffe has already teamed up with former President Barack Obama and Vice President Kamala Harris. He plans to merge this week with President Biden.
Mr. Youngkin started a “Win with Glenn” bus tour over the weekend, naming it as a chance to draw a “contrast between the grassroots enthusiasm for Glenn Youngkin’s candidacy and Terry McAulife’s desperate campaign in need of other career politicians Stacey Abrams, Joe Biden, Keisha Lance Bottoms , Kamala Harris and Barack Obama to draw mediocre crowds who attended to see the surrogates, not Terry. ”
Mr. Youngkin, a former private equity CEO and political mover, focuses his latest message on lowering taxes, curbing rules and more parental involvement in public education.
Youngkin spokesman Macaulay Porter said McAuliffe is calling for reinforcements because he is desperate.
“The only person who’s excited about Terry McAuliffe’s candidacy is Terry McAuliffe,” Porter said. “They call on these big name politicians to try to drum up support and enthusiasm in places where Terry McAuliffe has none.”
“Glenn drives like an outsider,” Mrs. Porter said. “We are not holding our closing rallies as a typical politician would.”
McAuliffe spokesman Renzo Olivari said Mr. Youngkin does not call in the big guns because he is trying to hide his ties to former President Donald Trump and his allies.
“And Glenn’s No. 1 approver – Donald Trump – campaigned for him in the infamous rally last week, reminding everyone that Glenn will do ‘everything we want’ to do,” he said. alludes to Mr Trump’s recent call for a “Take Virginia Rally back.”
“The Virginians have rejected Trump and his agenda twice before, and they will again this year,” he said.
Mr. McAuliffe has tried to turn the race into a referendum on Mr. Trump, seeing it as crucial to getting reluctant voters off the couch.
“McAuliffe brings in the big names to fire up the Democratic base, but nothing would fire up the Democratic base more than Trump, who came to Virginia to campaign, and Youngkin knows it,” said Mark J. Rozell, dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
“Youngkin already sealed the deal with Trump voters,” Rozell said. “He does not need Trump to bring them out, and he does not want Trump to bring the Democrats forward or turn over the independents.”
The election serves as an early test of Mr.
Mr. McAuliffe served as governor from 2014 to 2018. Virginia prevents governors from serving consecutive terms.
His push for another four years in the governor’s mansion comes after Biden carried 2020 by 10 percentage points over Trump in 2020.
Sir. However, McAuliffe is locked in a fight with Mr. Youngkin about a week from election day.
A poll from Monmouth University, published last week, showed that Mr. Youngkin and Mr. McAuliffe each had the support of 46% of registered voters. The presidential coalition, a conservative group, last week commissioned a separate poll among likely voters who found out that Mr. Youngkin had a lead of 43% to 41% over Mr.
The lead is within the polls 3.8 percentage points margin of error.
“With none of the candidates close to 50% of the vote and a flood of ads, candidate appeals and heavy surrogates expected to visit the state when Youngkin and McAuliffe make their final appeals, this is everyone’s race,” said GOP consultant Kellyanne Conway 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 is getting steam and that Mr McAuliffe shot himself in the foot in the last debate when he said: “I do not think parents should tell schools what to learn.”
Mr. Youngkin urges his supporters to seize the moment.
“In fact, it is no longer a campaign. This is a move, ”Youngkin told supporters in Henrico over the weekend. “It is our movement to revive, restart, build a Virginia a new day. A new day for Virginians, where we all float and never settle. ”
McAuliffe teamed up with Mr Obama, musician Dave Matthews and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams to regroup.
“As far as I can tell, Terry’s opponent’s big message is that he’s an ordinary guy because he’s wearing fleece and he’s accusing schools of brainwashing our kids,” Obama told a crowd of about 2,000 in Richmond.
“You can not run ads that tell me you’re an ordinary old hoops legend, dishwasher, fleece-bearing guy, but quietly cultivate the support of those who seek to destroy our democracy,” the former president said.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, who was in charge of a private fundraiser for Mr. Youngkin over the summer, returns to Virginia this week to talk about education, but he has no plans to work with Mr.
Brandy Mokar, 47, of Richmond, said it was clear why Mr.
“I think it would then show his true colors,” said Mrs. Mokar, a Democrat. “I think he did not do it because he realized it would be a motivation for a lot of people who might still be on the fence.”
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