Hours away from the highly watched Virginia gubernatorial election, Republican Glenn Youngkin is leading in some polls against Democratic former governor Terry McAuliffe.
The latest polling data shows Youngkin either besting or tied with McAuliffe.
“Let’s rise above the rhetoric, rise above the division, and enable the dreams and pursuits of the next generation by securing safety and excellence in our schools,” Youngkin said Monday, one day ahead of the election. “I won’t rest until it is done.”
Another poll from the weekend found the two are essentially statistically tied.
Roanke reports that, “Just a few days before Election Day, the race for Virginia governor is a statistical tie. Former Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe holds a 1-percentage point lead over Republican Glenn Youngkin (47%-46%) with 6% undecided, according to The Roanoke College Poll.”
“The downticket races are also within the margin of error, with Del. Hala Ayala (D) ahead of former Del. Winsome Sears (R) 46%-44% for lieutenant governor and Attorney General Mark Herring (D) leading Del. Jason Miyares (R) 46%-45% in the race for attorney general. The Institute for Policy and Opinion Research interviewed 571 likely Virginia voters between October 14 and October 28 and has a margin of error of +4.1%.”
McAuliffe had a significant lead earlier in the year, but several stumbles, a struggling Biden administration and a clean Youngkin campaign have helped the Republican catch up in the blue state.
In one major flub, McAuliffe said during the debate that parents should not be able to tell schools what to teach their kids, a particularly hot topic as the state debates what gender and sexuality content is in public schools.
“I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” McAuliffe said.
Amidst controversy over a Loudoun alleged sexual assault in the girls’ bathroom and questions over critical race theory and other content in the classroom, the comments drew major pushback.
“What we’ve seen over the course of this last 20 months is our school systems refusing to engage with parents. In fact in Fairfax County this past week, we watched parents so upset because there was such sexually explicit material in the library they had never seen, it was shocking,” Youngkin said. “And in fact, you vetoed the bill that would have informed parents that they were there. You believe school systems should tell children what to do. I believe parents should be in charge of their kids’ education.”