Voters in Arlington predict election results in Virginia as they leave polls

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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Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, gathers supporters at a Canvass Kickoff event on November 2, 2021 in Falls Church, Virginia.  Virginia and New Jersey held elections outside the year at the first major election since 2020.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, gathers supporters at a Canvass Kickoff event on November 2, 2021 in Falls Church, Virginia. Virginia and New Jersey held elections outside the year at the first major election since 2020.
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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.

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, gestures as he speaks to supporters during a rally in Richmond, Va., Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. McAuliffe is set to face Republican Glenn Youngkin in the November election.

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, gestures as he speaks to supporters during a rally in Richmond, Va., Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. McAuliffe is set to face Republican Glenn Youngkin in the November election.
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“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.”

Voters are waiting in line to check in to vote at a school in Midlothian, Va., Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Voters must choose between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin as governor.

Voters are waiting in line to check in to vote at a school in Midlothian, Va., Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Voters must choose between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin as governor.
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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.”

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