McAuliffe, Youngkin holds final campaign rallies ahead of the close Virginia gubernatorial race

LEESBURG, Va. Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin held their final campaign rallies before Election Day Monday night, delivering contrasting messages in what is expected to be a nail-biter of a contest.

McAuliffe once again took the opportunity at his last campaign event before election day to tie Youngkin to former President TrumpDonald Trump A breathtaking survey provides a bleak picture of thriving anti-democratic opinions. The pilot in the southwestern investigation of the report said ‘Let’s go Brandon’ on the plane Texas police rejected requests to escort Biden bus surrounded by Trump supporters: reports MORE.

“Guess how Glenn Youngkin ends his campaign? He’s making an arrangement with Donald Trump here in Virginia,” McAuliffe said. “I’m here with you, and they have Trump over there.”

“It’s sensitive to us with Trump here in Virginia because of Charlottesville,” he added, referring to the racial riots that took place four years ago when McAuliffe was governor.

“Donald Trump wants to win here tomorrow night so he can announce to the President of the United States the next day. Well, we want to put an end to Donald Trump’s future plans right here in Virginia,” McAuliffe said. Virginia, tomorrow we go 3 and 0. ”

Trump held a teleconference in honor of Youngkin Monday night, which was closed to the press, where he spoke for about six minutes. Youngkin said at the weekend that he would not attend the convention.

Democrats, however, say they see an opportunity in tying Youngkin to Trump given the former president’s support for Youngkin and Trump’s deep unpopularity in parts of the state. Trump lost Virginia in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections.

McAuliffe also proclaimed his own record as governor on issues such as voting rights, abortion rights and economics.

“Do you think Glenn Youngkin would do any of this? Of course he will not,” McAuliffe said.

Youngkin did not mention Trump during his meeting, but tried to emphasize that his gubernatorial campaign was more than a political endeavor.

“We need to have a moment where power moves away from the marble halls of Richmond to the kitchen tables,” Youngkin told an audience.

Youngkin strongly relied on the issues of parental rights over school boards and academic expertise, a theme he has highlighted throughout his campaign. The issue of parental rights has particularly arisen in localities across the country.

His campaign’s choice to hold the demonstration in Loudoun County was strategic given Loudoun’s status as an epicenter of school board struggles in the United States.

“What can happen tomorrow can be a statement, a statement that can be heard across this country because America needs us to vote tomorrow as well. America is watching, ”Youngkin said. “Why because families all over this country have the same discussions that you all have. I get notes all day long, ‘Glenn also stands up for our kids. Stand up for our children’s rights, because we can not vote this year. ”

Youngkin reiterated that if elected schools in Virginia would not have political agendas and he would ban critical race theory.

“What we do not want to do is teach our children to see everything through a racing lens, where we divide them into buckets and one group is an oppressor and the other is a victim and we set them up against each other, and we steal their dreams, Youngkin said.

The Republican also launched a series of attacks on McAuliffe, saying the Democrat would raise taxes and put the government between schools and families.

The candidates’ choice of surrogates at Monday’s demonstration further illustrated the profound difference of their campaigns.

McAuliffe picked up the founder of the gun control group Mom’s Demand Action, the president of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of State, County and municipal staff and civil rights and labor leader Dolores Huerta.

Youngkin, on the other hand, had some lesser-known national surrogates at his convention pre-show, including Ian Prior, a former Trump administration official and GOP agent who has led the fight against the Loudoun County school board. Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman also spoke to Youngkin supporters at the meeting.

Democrats and Republicans see the election as a bell ahead of next year’s midterm elections. Opinion polls show a close race with great Republican enthusiasm. Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball switched the race from “lean Democratic” to “lean Republican” on Tuesday.

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