The election for governor of Virginia happens in about two weeks and Democrats are starting to get very nervous about it.
Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are running neck and neck. No one expected the race to be this close.
Democrats have thrown a spotlight onto the election by bringing in people like Jill Biden and Obama to campaign for McAuliffe, so now if they lose it will look really bad for them.
They also think a loss here would derail what’s left of Biden’s agenda.
Virginia is for worriers: Governor race poses real risk to Dem agenda
The Democratic Party’s fortunes are increasingly tied to someone who’s never served a day in federal office: Terry McAuliffe.
Losing ground in a Virginia gubernatorial campaign once seen as a near-lock for Democrats, McAuliffe has sought to nationalize the race — calling out congressional inaction and President Joe Biden’s waning popularity as he tries to mount a return to an office he held four years ago. If McAuliffe loses, it could put a chill on Democrats’ agenda and prompt hand-wringing over whether the party failed to boost him enough in a difficult race against Republican Glenn Youngkin.
McAuliffe’s allies on Capitol Hill have also ratcheted up their pressure campaign, demanding Speaker Nancy Pelosi put the Senate-passed infrastructure bill up for a vote in a move they say would help him ahead of the Nov. 2 gubernatorial election.
The effort has taken a gubernatorial race that amounts to a bellwether for Democrats’ popularity writ large and twinned it to their legislative agenda — if one fails, so too could the other.
“I’m hopeful that everyone will come to their senses by the end of the month,” said Rep. Filemon Vela (D-Texas). “If things don’t go well [in Virginia], there’s going to be a lot of different reckonings here.”
Republican Glenn Youngkin is benefiting from parents who want school choice.
The same education union that fought to keep Virgina schools closed and students trapped at home in front of screens just spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a TV ad to elect Terry McAuliffe.
They know McAuliffe will protect unions instead of doing what is right for kids.
— Glenn Youngkin (@GlennYoungkin) October 15, 2021
McAuliffe has run a disastrous campaign. Virginians deserve a change.