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RICHMOND, Va. — After the failure of the Sept. 14 California recall yielded no real indicator of our political climate going into the 2022 midterms, attention quickly began to shift to a race with the potential to tell us a lot more.
The Virginia gubernatorial election, a hotly-contested race between former Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin, had the potential to be competitive right out of the gate.
While it’s undeniably gone blue, it isn’t completely unwinnable for Republicans in a wave election year. Polls show a tight race, and results could easily fall to the right of polling in a political climate favoring Republicans. Youngkin has also outraised establishment powerhouse McAuliffe by a margin of about $4 million.
Conventional wisdom favors McAuliffe, but enthusiasm favors Youngkin. Naturally, team McAuliffe is starting to panic.
Even the far left is taking note of the race’s competitiveness — Slate ran a piece Tuesday, titled Uh, Maybe Democrats Should Start Paying Attention to the Virginia Governor’s Race, outlining underlying issues in the race that Democrats seem to be ignoring; specifically, the article outlined the apparent complacency of Virginia Democrats assuming themselves untouchable in a former swing state that has shifted hard to the left in recent decades.
Slate ‘s Jim Newell wrote: None of these wedge issues, though, will save the day if Democrats don’t wake up and recognize that their blue- ish state’s governorship, as well as its Legislature, are up for grabs in a deteriorating environment. Some Virginia Democrats close to the race are a little irritated that the full national cavalry came in to support California Gov. Gavin Newsom, in a much bluer state, after one bad poll came out in his recall, but haven’t been similarly sounding the alarm in a race that was always going to be much, much closer. One national Democratic operative told me, “Terry up 3 in this environment is actually pretty good for a Democrat in Virginia.”
Democrats, in [Larry] Sabato’s estimation, are “being Democrats” about this race. The other issue here is rhetoric: McAuliffe, like many Democrats, loves playing the extremist […]
One Sick Day Proves We Need More Voices in Truthful Media
On October 19, I was sick. It crossed my mind that I had finally gotten the ‘rona, but my wife’s cream of chicken soup and a few extra hours of sleep into mid-afternoon had be back up and running after a sleepless night before.
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