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HUPAC Roundup: Virginia Elections Slowly Drift Toward a Toss-up

In a recent CNN article, reporter Dan Merica wrote that, since the 1970s, the winner of Virginia's gubernatorial election came from the party opposite the one that had won the White House, stating: “The one exception was when McAuliffe was elected in 2013 a year after Barack Obama had won his second term, a fact the former governor has often used on the campaign trail.” 

Michael Scherer, a national political reporter at The Washington Post, argues that President Biden’s slumping approval ratings and gridlock on Capitol Hill have raised the risk that Democrats could lose the Virginia governor’s race: “With voting underway in Virginia, Democrats say that external factors are not trending in McAuliffe’s direction. Biden’s approval rating has plummeted into the mid-40s nationally amid a chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan and resurgence of coronavirus infections.” 

Nathan Gonzales, an elections analyst for CQ Roll Call, said in a recent article that even though this fall’s election for governor in Virginia is just one race in one state, it will determine the initial narrative of the 2022 midterm elections. He wrote: “The public polling points to a very competitive race. McAuliffe is ahead of Youngkin by about three points in both the FiveThirtyEight and RealClearPolitics polling averages, neither of which have changed much in the past six weeks.” 

Gonzales goes on to say that a Youngkin victory would be a boon for Republicans because it would demonstrate the party’s ability to win places that Biden carried easily in 2020: “Acknowledging that narrow margin, Inside Elections is changing its rating of the Virginia gubernatorial race from Likely Democratic to Lean Democratic. The move reflects a better chance of winning for Republicans, but the race is still short of a toss-up.” 

Jason Lange, a reporter for Reuters, wrote in a recent article that the Democratic Party drastically increased Virginia spending ahead of the November governor's election. “A campaign finance disclosure filed on Monday showed the Democratic National Committee (DNC) gave nearly $700,000 last month to the Democratic Party of Virginia. That roughly equaled the sum the DNC had transferred to the state party in the prior six months.” Lange noted that Republicans increased spending but by much less, stating: “The RNC transferred around $250,000 to its Virginia state affiliate in August. It also gave more than $1 million to its California party affiliate last month ahead of a Republican-led effort to recall the state's Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom.” 
This contest will be a political barometer ahead of November 2022 congressional elections when President Biden's Democrats will defend razor-thin majorities in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. 

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