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Virginia has three weeks to go until election day on Tuesday, and the race for the top-of-the-ticket remains an extremely close contest in one of just two states to hold a gubernatorial election in the year following the presidential election.

The latest poll average in the race indicates that former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe — who is running for his old job — holds a modest, single-digit lead over Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin in a state where President Biden is past 10 points. lived from Election of the year and where Republicans haven’t won a statewide contest in a dozen years.

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Granthshala News poll: The tough race for Virginia governor

The Cook Report, a top non-partisan political hurdle, shifted its ranking of the race from “Lean Democratic” to “Toss Up” three weeks ago.

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The margin-of-error race in Virginia — a once-major battleground state but still a competitive state seen as a key bell ahead of the 2022 midterm elections — has National Democrats on edge as they keep their razors in the House. Defend the thin majority. of Representatives and Senate in the next year’s competitions.

“Guys, the Virginia governor’s race is a big deal not only for the Commonwealth but for our country,” Biden wrote to supporters in a fundraising email. And McAuliffe asked in a fundraising email last week, “Are we blowing this up?”

Virginia and New Jersey’s gubernatorial elections always attract a lot of attention because they are the only states that have held such a contest a year after the presidential decision. And it’s a long-standing trend for voters in the Commonwealth to defeat the gubernatorial candidate of the party that controls the White House. McAuliffe broke with that tradition with his election as governor in 2013. McAuliffe was unable to run for re-election in 2017 because Virginia’s governors have been barred from serving two straight terms.

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McAuliffe’s lead over Youngkin, a first-time candidate and former CEO of a large private equity firm, began to shrink over the summer amid a sinking of Biden’s approval ratings due to criticism of the president’s handling of a turbulent US exit from Afghanistan. COVID-19 cases this summer are mainly among unconnected people due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant and the latest surge of migrants trying to cross into the US along the southern border with Mexico.

and the inability by the White House and congressional Democrats to date – due to an intrapartisan battle between progressive and moderate Democrats on Capitol Hill – due to the party’s massive social spending, human infrastructure and climate change package, as well as a bipartisan infrastructure McAuliffe is forced to criticize his own party for agreeing to the bill.

The former governor has repeatedly said that it is time for lawmakers in Washington to “stop their little chit-chat, and it is time for them to pass it.”

Biden’s approval ratings in Virginia have eroded, and McAuliffe, in a recent video conference clip that was spotlighted by Republicans, acknowledged that “we’re facing a lot of headwinds from Washington, as you are.” You know. The president is unpopular today, unfortunately here in Virginia, so we have to plow.”

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The latest polls indicate that Republican voters are more motivated than their Democratic counterparts.

“Inspired complacency from what is happening in Washington and with the Biden administration is the biggest threat to McAuliffe and it is the driving reason why we pushed the race to the toss-up last week,” said Jessica Taylor, Senate and top non-committal. The handicapper with Governor Amy Walter for the biased editor The Cook Political Report recently told Granthshala News.

McAuliffe is trying to energize Democrats – urging them to vote during the ongoing early voting. She will follow the campaign trail next weekend with voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia House Democratic leader who made history in 2018 as the first black female governor of a major political party. But he has also repeatedly linked Youngkin to former President Donald Trump, who is deeply unpopular with many Virginia voters.

Click here to read the latest Granthshala News polling results in Virginia

McAuliffe consistently calls Youngkin, who has been endorsed by the former president, a “Trump wannabe,” and doesn’t miss the opportunity to link Youngkin to Trump during campaign events, interviews, and two debates between the nominees.

On Monday, McAuliffe went on with the campaign a new digital ad Youngkin of “putting Trump’s agenda first”.

David Richards, president of political science at Lynchburg University, said that “Youngkin is running a very good campaign because he tries to move to the middle. He hasn’t turned Trump fans away and he appeals to that middle voter.” “

And Richards questioned McAuliffe’s Trump strategy, asking, “How scary is Trump right now? He’s not on Twitter, he’s not in the news every night. He wasn’t the bogeyman for the Democrats last year.”

Richards pointed to geography, noting that heavily populated areas of the Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads metropolitan area, as well as some large cities such as Richmond, Roanoke, Lynchburg or Charlottesville, would win or lose elections because of turnout.