Political handicap says McAuliffe in ‘precarious position’ with five weeks to go until Virginia’s election
Former Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe repeatedly brought up former President Donald Trump’s name in his two Virginia gubernatorial debates this month with Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin.
But as McAuliffe continually tried to link Youngkin with the former president, where Trump lost by 10 points last November, he did not mention President Biden’s name in any of the showdowns.
Tight Virginia gubernatorial race between McAuliffe and Youngkin with five weeks to go until election
Biden won in Virginia last year. But the fall in the president’s approval ratings over the past eight weeks, as well as the White House and the party’s inability to agree on a massive social spending and climate change agenda of moderate and progressive congressional Democrats, are major factors in a close gubernatorial race. Huh. National implications, with less than five weeks to go until Election Day.
“Inspired complacency, driven by what is happening in Washington and with the Biden administration, is the biggest threat to McAuliffe and the driving reason why we pushed the toss-up race last week,” said Jessica Taylor, Senate and top nonpartisan Handicapper with Governors Editor Amy Walter for editor The Cook Political Report told Granthshala News.
The president’s flagging numbers came in the wake of Biden’s much-criticised action for a troubled US exit from Afghanistan. And it also came amid a surge in COVID cases this summer mainly among unvaccinated people due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant, as the nation struggles to combat the coronavirus, to strike the world in a century. Worst pandemic. The presidential approval was also sparked by the latest surge of migrants trying to cross into the US along the southern border with Mexico.
“After the Biden administration’s tough month with Afghanistan, the border, delta rising, all of this has created a perfect storm and resulted in a drop in Biden’s approval rating. Even that state Where he won by 10 points, he is still underwater,” Taylor said. “And it’s a really precarious situation for a race that’s just over a month from now.”
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The intra-party fight between progressive and moderate Democrats on Capitol Hill is also a contributing factor.
In Tuesday’s debate, McAuliffe appears to distance himself from his national party. Asked if he supports a $3.5 trillion spending package that the White House and congressional Democrats — who hold razor-thin majority in both the House and Senate — a parliamentary process known as reconciliation Trying to pass along party lines, McAuliffe said he thought the figure was “too high”.
But he urged Congress to pass a separate $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. “They have to stop their little chit-chat right there, and it’s time for them to pass it on,” insisted the former governor.
McAuliffe has a five-point advantage over Youngkin among Virginia registered voters in the Monmouth University poll conducted September 22–26, and is up seven points among potential voters in the Roanoke poll conducted September 12–26.
The average of the most recent polls compiled by Real Clear Politics shows McAuliffe with a three-point lead over Youngkin. A Granthshala News poll in Virginia will be released Thursday evening.
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Virginia and New Jersey are the only two states that hold gubernatorial races in the year following the presidential election, and thus attract outside attention. And the contest in Virginia, once a top electoral battleground that is still competitive, is seen as a key barometer ahead of next year’s midterm elections, when Congress’s control will be up for grabs.
Virginia has turned blue over the past decade, and it’s been a dozen years since Republicans won statewide elections in the Commonwealth. There is also a long-standing trend of Virginia voters defeating the party that controls the White House. McAuliffe temporarily broke with that tradition with his election as governor in 2013. Virginia’s governors are barred from serving two straight terms.
A Democratic strategist associated with the Virginia governor showdown told Granthshala News that “everyone knew it was going to be a close race.”
The strategist, who asked to remain anonymous to speak more freely, acknowledged that “terry is running with Biden’s agenda, especially when you look at COVID.”
Asked if Biden is weighing in on McAuliffe, the strategist said, “I still have confidence in my position but obviously it’s a close race and we have to look at it that way.”
With so much on the line, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is taking nothing away, investing $5 million in the race. This is the most the DNC has spent in Virginia, and a sizable amount — thanks to better fundraising — than the $1.5 million spent in the 2017 Virginia gubernatorial election, won by then-Lt. Governor Ralph Northman by nine points.
With Younkin, the first-time candidate and former CEO of a large private equity firm backed by Trump, trying to keep some daylight between himself and the former president, his campaign has replaced McAuliffe in Biden. Have not tried openly to connect with.
A Virginia GOP official told Granthshala News that “Virginians know Terry McAuliffe is tied to Joe Biden and will continue to taunt him, but he has his reasons why he is losing and Virginia Republicans are going to clarify those reasons.” are. Next month.”
Biden last worked with McAuliffe on the campaign trail in the voter-rich and heavily Democratic Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., in late July.