ARLINGTON, Va. – Virginia voters at a polling station in Arlington shared their thoughts and predictions about how Tuesday’s gubernatorial race will end and why it’s so close.
“I do not think McAulliffe will lose the sentence,” Takis Karantonis, a Democrat running for re-election to the Arlington County Board, told Fox News. “We’ve delivered like a party here in Virginia.”
“We have a thriving Commonwealth, excellent economy, and we managed the COVID crisis very, very well,” Karantonis continued. “I think we’re in good shape.”
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Republican Glenn Youngkin and Democrat Terry McAuliffe went into Tuesday’s election in an almost stalemate. Youngkin began the election campaign long after the former governor, but slowly closed the gap and gained a small lead in recent polls.
A woman who told Fox News she voted “Republicans all the way” said she thinks the race is so close because “the country is in revolt.” She said the Democrats’ recent failures increased Republican turnout.
“Look where we are and see what’s going on in the country,” she said after casting her vote.
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Another voter thought the neck-and-neck race was due to “voter turnout or lack thereof” among Democrats.
“That seems to be the problem with Democrats,” he told Fox News. “They don’t seem to participate as much as Trumpians – I mean Republicans.”
He also said that the reason for the enthusiasm behind Youngkin was that “there are a lot of crazy people out there and everyone has the right to vote.”
“I think we’re tired,” a McAullife supporter said when asked why she thought the race was so close. “I don’t think it’s as much a reflection on politics as people being burned out.”
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She said “energy is thin” because so much effort was put into last year’s election.
“But I’m still surprised it’s as close as it is,” she said. “I hope it does not turn out to be as close as it looks.”