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Former Democratic National Committee Chairman and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe would lose his race for a second term to unknown Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin, a new poll shows, setting off panic alarms among Democrats.

Youngkin leads McAuliffe 48 percent to 43 percent among likely voters, a new University of Mary Washington poll finds.  The Cook Political Report moved its rating of the race from “leans Democrat” to “toss-up.”

Virginia’s governor’s race is a nationally-watched contest, as it is held the year after each presidential election and generally predicts which party will win the next year’s national midterm elections.

Despite Virginia’s status as a “blue” state and McAuliffe’s perception as a successful former governor, rising rage against President Joe Biden and a radicalized Democrat Party have sent his fortunes tumbling.  The UMW poll found 48 percent of Virginia voters disapproved of Biden’s job performance, while almost 44 percent approved – almost identical margins as the gubernatorial race.

“This election looks very different from those of the past four years, when Democrats could win by substantial margins by just focusing the electorate on President Trump,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, UMW professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies. “He is not president any more, and recent Democratic advantages in statewide contests seem to have departed with him.”

“(M)any of the fundamentals favor McAuliffe—and we expect he still has a slight edge—it’s Youngkin who seems to have the enthusiasm on his side,” said Cook’s Jessica Taylor.

Virginia voters will also elect a lieutenant governor and attorney general.  The poll found Republicans narrowly leading in both races, despite the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor having to lay off her entire staff and the Democrat nominee for attorney general being a well-funded incumbent.

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Michael Brigham has written for American Action News since the summer of 2019. His areas of expertise include foreign affairs, government, and politics, but regardless of the subject matter, he has a nose and an insatiable appetite for news. In his free time, he enjoys reading nonfiction, watching a mix of comedies and true crime documentaries, and spending time away from the swamp hiking in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.

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Dan Tyree
Dan Tyree
7 months ago

Virginia is going woke for the right reason

Herb Grainger
Herb Grainger
7 months ago
Reply to  Dan Tyree

McAuliffe is Puuuuuure SKUNK; Just a FOUL, FOUL man. Pleeeeeease, Virginia, GIVE THIS YOUNGKIN GUY THE REINS!!!

Wayne A. Capurro
Wayne A. Capurro
7 months ago

The Dems are going to activate another Big Steal and when you Virginians complain about it they’re going to accuse you of spreading The Big Lie. You must be ever diligent. It’s the By Any Means Necessary Crowd you’re dealing with.

Paul Otts
Paul Otts
7 months ago

I suspect that by the time 2424 gets her, that panic button will have worn out from overuse!