Struggling Virginia Gov. Terry McAullife faces a tough challenger in Terry Youngkin, and it might be getting to him.
McAuliffe has sparked headlines after news broke that he walked out during an interview with WJLA. The station said the interview was supposed to be 20 minutes, but McAuliffe left after 10.
“All right, we are over,” McAuliffe said as he walked off camera. “C’mon, man. You should have asked better questions early on.”
McAuliffe has taken fire for walking out of the interview, drawing unwanted attacks in a tight gubernatorial campaign. Youngkin shared the video online.
“Terry McAuliffe says he did NOT misspeak in the debate when he said parents shouldn’t have a say in their child’s education,” Youngkin wrote on Twitter. “He reiterates his position that only the state boards should be in control.”
Youngkin has also hammered McAuliffe for remarks he made during a debate that parents should not have control over what their children are taught in school. Those remarks were a tense topic during the WJLA interview.
“Terry McAuliffe is now claiming he’s being taken ‘out of context’ — can you believe this guy?” Youngkin said. “Here are 7 times he confirmed he thinks parents should have no say in their child’s education. It’s on tape!”
A recent Monmouth poll shows the two candidates neck a neck.
From the poll:
With two weeks to go before Election Day, Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are locked in a close battle for governor of Virginia. The last Monmouth (“Mon-muth”) University Poll of the race before the election marks a gain for the GOP candidate from prior polls. Youngkin’s improved position comes from a widening partisan gap in voter engagement and a shift in voters’ issue priorities, particularly around schools and the pandemic.
Youngkin (46%) and McAuliffe (46%) hold identical levels of support among all registered voters. This marks a shift from prior Monmouth polls where the Democrat held a 5-point lead (48% to 43% in September and 47% to 42% in August). A range of probabilistic likely electorate models* shows a potential outcome – if the election was held today – of anywhere from a 3-point lead for McAuliffe (48% to 45%) to a 3-point lead for Youngkin (48% to 45%).