Virginia voters will soon be casting their ballots in an off-year gubernatorial election between former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and GOP rival Glenn Youngkin.
Democrats across the state and beyond might be panicking as polling results show a much tighter race than had previously been expected.
Abrams plans campaign stops
Perhaps as a result of McAuliffe’s narrowing lead, his campaign has brought in a few high-profiled Democrats — including former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams — campaign on his behalf in the final stretch of the race.
Abrams has become a prominent figure on the left, apparently using her 2018 loss against GOP Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp into a lucrative path as a party operative and voting rights advocate.
According to the Washington Examiner, Abrams will join McAuliffe on Sunday to encourage voters at a predominantly black church near Norfolk to get out and vote.
She is also set to accompany the candidate at a grassroots event later the same day in Northern Virginia with the hopes of rallying the Democratic base around McAuliffe, who previously served as governor between 2014 and 2018.
A likely reason for Abrams and others to make the trip to Virginia ahead of the election is the recent Christopher Newport University poll that showed Democrats with “small but narrowing leads” of Republicans in statewide elections — including the governor’s race.
“Thought he had the race won”
McAuliffe has reportedly lost ground against his Republican rival since the same pollsters surveyed likely voters in the state in August.
The results of that poll align with the RealClearPolitics average, which shows McAuliffe with just a 3.4% lead over Youngkin.
None of the polls used in that average had the Democrat more than five points higher than the Republican in the race. In August and September, however, McAuliffe was mostly ahead by about five to nine points.
The Republican Governors Association noted the apparent desperation of Democrats attempting to secure a victory for McAuliffe, including the decision to bring in an “election-denier” like Abrams.
“Terry McAuliffe thought he had the race won the moment he declared his candidacy, and he’s now paying the price for his arrogance,” concluded RGA spokeswoman Maddie Anderson.