Youngkin's big thing is eliminating the grocery tax. He's wishy washy on COVID and backs Right to Work (Terry wants vax mandates and is opposed on RTW).
Poll: Democrat McAuliffe Leads Youngkin in Virginia’s Governor’s Race
HANNAH BLEAU 21 Sep 2021
Former Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe is leading Republican Glenn Youngkin in the Virginia governor’s race, according to a poll conducted by the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. According to the survey, released Monday, 43 percent of likely voters support McAuliffe — nine points higher than the 34 percent who chose Youngkin. This reflects a greater lead than McAuliffe saw last month, when he led Youngkin by three percentage points, 40 percent to 37 percent. “With Election Day only six weeks out, a significant number of Virginia’s voters remain undecided or unwilling to vote for either candidate in each race. In the governor’s race, 23% of voters remain undecided or unwilling to vote for either candidate — the same percentage as August,” the survey noted:
2021 #VAGov Poll:
Terry McAuliffe (D) 43% (+9)
Glenn Youngkin (R) 34%
@VCU ~ 731 LV ~ 9/7-9/15 https://t.co/3H7JLGjv8G
— PollTracker (@PollTrackerUSA) September 20, 2021
“Our recent poll relative to the governor’s race and statewide elections showed interesting results,” former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder (D) said of their survey, noting that neither candidate saw 50 percent support. “The increase in the undecided and those unable to commit for either is noteworthy,” he continued, adding the poll was taken prior to any debates between the two candidates. “How the candidates show the people what they propose dealing with the pandemic and its effects are obvious concerns,” he added. The survey, taken September 7-15, 2021, among 731 likely voters, has a margin of error of +/- 6.93 percent.
Lots of debunked claims by Youngkin here: https://roanoke.com/news/state-and-regi ... 86699.htmlCASEY: During Thursday's debate, Youngkin campaign issued blizzard of questionable claims
The 14 press releases attacked Democrat Terry McAuliffe on abortion, economic growth, employment, crime and more. One claimed Republican Glenn Youngkin is the "most pro-vaccine candidate in the race."
Dan Casey 23 hrs ago
McAuliffe, Youngkin clash over abortion, COVID in 1st debate
By now many folks know that in Grundy on Thursday evening, Republican Glenn Youngkin and Democrat Terry McAuliffe squared off in the first gubernatorial debate of the election season. Somewhat behind the scenes that day, another mini-drama unfolded, of which most people were probably unawre. That was a blizzard of McAuliffe-bashing press releases issued by the Youngkin campaign. Between 7 and 9 p.m. Thursday, Youngkin’s staff emailed 14 different anti-McAuliffe screeds on just about every issue imaginable. Those included abortion, vaccine mandates, crime, economic growth, employment and more. It was one rhetorical bomb after another, dropped (on average) at 8.5 minute intervals. The label “FACT” or FACT CHECK” appears in the subject line of all but one.
In 26 years watching Virginia politics, I can’t recall such a barrage. That rate’s enough to leave you wondering whether someone has spiked the Youngkin campaign water cooler with Adderall. (My inbox received zero pre- or post-debate salvos from the McAuliffe campaign.) And aside from that, at least some of Youngkin’s claims look like atrocious duds, unsupported by the “facts” they cite. We’ll delve into some of the most obvious misrepresentations below.
I queried the University of Virginia’s guru of politics, Larry Sabato, about that press-release storm. He chalked it up to social media’s increasing influence on modern politics. You can summarize that more or like this: A lie can now travel halfway around the world while the truth is still putting its shoes on. “Before social media arrived on the scene, it was very difficult to do this kind of thing minute-by-minute. Now that social media is a central part of our lives, every campaign believes it must bring out every gun available, even if a tank is used to squash a small bug,” Sabato told me in an email. He said he didn’t evaluate the Youngkin press releases. But watching Twitter he witnessed their effects.
“It guarantees that [Youngkin’s] arguments are received and, in most cases, reported in some form. Their party base absorbs a lot of it through the campaign’s Twitter and Facebook feeds. It also has a galvanizing effect on the base and their own staff, communicating that McAuliffe will be able to ‘get away with’ nothing. To repeat myself, it also reinforces that this isn’t just a campaign, it is a crusade — war by other means.”
Here's the debate. Youngkin comes off very weak and inexperienced.
https://www.c-span.org/video/?514638-1/ ... rnors-race
https://www.wtvr.com/news/virginia-poli ... e-youngkin
This story about NJ gov candidate Jack Ciattarelli highlights the rough road GOP election truthers and stop the stealers are going to have.
https://www.insidernj.com/virginia-gube ... ew-jersey/In Virginia gubernatorial election, Republican Glenn Youngkin may succeed where Jack Ciattarelli is failing in New Jersey
By Alan Steinberg | September 20, 2021, 8:13 am | in Edward Edwards
When Micah Rasmussen, Director of the Rebovich Institute for New Jersey Politics at Rider University, communicated the following tweet last Wednesday, the day after the California recall vote, it was essential for New Jersey political observers to take notice: “In a nationalized political environment, it is impossible not to look at the suburban Democratic blowout in California and not see dire warning signs for Jack Ciattarelli’s campaign in NJ. There is no sign they are swinging back.” Micah’s point is irrefutable. In blue states like California and New Jersey, a political media attack against a candidate or national cause for their Trumpist connections is a virtual guarantee of victory for the anti-Trump forces.
We saw that most graphically in the case of the California campaign to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom, which at the beginning had a substantial prospect of success. Once Newsom countered with a massive media anti-Trump thrust, the recall campaign was eviscerated, especially among suburban voters. In blue states, definitely including New Jersey, there are two primary reasons for the efficacy of any credible anti-Trump thrust. The first is the noxious racism and bigotry of Donald Trump and his MAGA supporters. The second is the increasing efforts of Trump forces to undermine faith in election integrity by making despicably false claims of stolen elections against their opponents.
Jack Ciattarelli participated in such a Trumpian effort to undermine faith in the 2020 presidential election integrity by his guest speaker appearance at a stop-the-steal Trumpian rally last November 28. He actually denied having any prior knowledge that the rally was a stop-the-steal event.