Youngkin has ‘momentum’ in Virginia’s gubernatorial race, says RNC President McDaniel, with turnout key

Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel said momentum is on the side of Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin in the race against Democratic challenger Terry McAuliffe, adding that the result of the election will “come down to turnout.”

In an interview with Fox News, McDaniel Youngkin’s campaign exclaimed up to election day.

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“To see a Republican candidate win, or increase a lead, in a blue, blue state like Virginia – a state Biden won by 10 points – Youngkin runs a race and wins over Democrats and Independents,” McDaniel added. “It already shows a victory for the Republicans.”

Campaign signs for Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin stand together on the last day of early voting in the Virginia gubernatorial election in Fairfax, Virginia, on October 30, 2021.

Campaign signs for Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin stand together on the last day of early voting in the Virginia gubernatorial election in Fairfax, Virginia, on October 30, 2021.
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McDaniel said a potential victory would “resonate”, adding that Virginians would also have a governor to “lower taxes, influence parents’ education and pull crazy curricula out of the classroom.”

“We already see Democrats worrying,” McDaniel said. “We see across the country that Democrats are underperforming, and if we continue to see that trend in Virginia, it bodes well for us in 2022.”

Recent polls have shown that Youngkin and McAuliffe, the former Democratic governor of Virginia, either neck and neck or give Youngkin a small lead.

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“McAuliffe sees an enthusiasm gap,” McDaniel said. “Total momentum is around Youngkin.”

She added that even if Youngkin gathers support from some Democrats and independents, the result will “come down to turnout.”

Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin (left) makes remarks at a campaign rally at the Danville Community Market on October 26, 2021 in Danville, Virginia.  Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks at a campaign event with Vice President Kamala Harris on October 21, 2021 in Dumfries, Virginia.

Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin (left) makes remarks at a campaign rally at the Danville Community Market on October 26, 2021 in Danville, Virginia. Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks at a campaign event with Vice President Kamala Harris on October 21, 2021 in Dumfries, Virginia.
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“It’s a vomit in a blue state,” she said.

McDaniel said education is the “key issue” in Virginia’s gubernatorial race.

“Education is the key issue in Virginia right now, and I think it’s a big problem in blue states run by Democrats’ governors, where children were kept out of the classroom during the pandemic,” she said. “Parents were in the front line, on the cutting edge.”

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McDaniel slammed McAuliffe, who said on the campaign track that parents should not “tell schools what to teach” – a comment in response to Youngkin, who has argued that parents should be more involved in local school district decisions.

“McAuliffe, to insult parents, to say you have nothing to say when parents have been at the forefront, Democrats clearly put unions above parents and children, and Youngkin puts parents and children first,” McDaniel said.

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