A few months ago, Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe seemed poised to keep his job. According to most polls, he led Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin by a decent amount.
But that gap has closed fast in the past month, and now the polls are showing the two candidates in a virtual tie. It now seems the winner will be determined by the narrowest of margins.
And former President Donald Trump could give Youngkin the edge.
The previous Commander-in-Chief gave the Virginia GOP candidate his endorsement earlier this year. Theoretically, that helped bring a lot of the Trump faithful over to Youngkin’s camp.
We’re also hearing reports that Trump’s endorsement carries plenty of positive weight for the party.
However, with the race in Virginia coming down to the wire, Youngkin will need every ounce of assistance he can get. That might include a surprise appearance by the “MAGA” man.
There now appears to be a good chance that Trump will help Youngkin make that all-important last-minute push.
From Fox News:
Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday appeared to tease that he may head to Virginia ahead of Election Day next Tuesday in the hotly contested and dead even gubernatorial race between former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin.
‘Chanting, ‘We love Trump” in Arlington, Va. Thank you, Arlington, see you soon!’ the former president wrote Wednesday in a statement released by his Save America political organization.
In this case, Donald was talking about protesters who broke into President Biden’s speech on Tuesday night.
Biden is pulling for McAuliffe to get reelected, but these protesters interrupted Biden’s words with chants of “we love Trump,” and the former President quickly seized on it.
This certainly doesn’t confirm that Trump will go to Virginia.
But many believe it’s going to happen, including Save America communications director Taylor Budowich, who posted the following tweet:
Budowich added that “details will be released when appropriate.” But those details can’t be far off because Election Day in Virginia is Tuesday, so the supposed visit would have to happen soon.
Reportedly, Trump plans to attend Game Four of the World Series in Atlanta, Georgia. That isn’t far from Virginia, though, so the trip seems feasible.
Trump’s “kingmaker” role within the party continues to expand. While some candidates are concerned with being associated with such a lightning rod, many hopefuls crave Trump’s endorsement.
However, it won’t be easy for Youngkin to take Virginia away from McAuliffe.
Biden won that state by 10 points in the 2020 presidential election, and Republicans haven’t had a governor, lieutenant governor, or attorney general in Virginia in 12 years.
Even so, the fact that Youngkin is currently tied with McAuliffe says something: it means the state might demand a change at the top, and that change will represent a seismic political shift.
McAuliffe is already trying to use Trump’s endorsement against his opponent, saying:
Glenn Youngkin’s entire campaign has been a full embrace of Donald Trump’s dangerous extremism.
That isn’t stopping thousands of Virginians from backing Youngkin, though. And just about all of them will say Trump’s MAGA movement had nothing to do with “extremism” in the first place.
If Youngkin is going to upend his Democratic opponent, Trump’s help probably can’t hurt.
And it might be exactly what this GOP candidate needs to land a historic victory.
- Former President Donald Trump teased a last-minute rally for GOP Virginia candidate Glenn Youngkin.
- One source claims the visit will happen, and “details will be released when appropriate.”
- Trump’s endorsement holds tremendous weight in the Republican party, and it could help Youngkin break the tie with Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Source: Fox News