Terry McAuliffe says Virginia has too many white teachers as Youngkin leads race by less than 1%

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Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin have less than a 1 per cent polling gap from each other as Tuesday’s Virginia gubernatorial race comes down to the wire in what could be a disaster for the Biden White House facing a constant drop in the president’s approval rating.

The Republican contender, Youngkin, pulled ahead of his Democratic challenger and former Virginia governor on Saturday in a FiveThirtyEight polling average. On October 28, the two were tied at 47 per cent, then on October 29, Youngkin pulled ahead of McAuliffe in a 47.5 to 46.9 per cent split.

On Friday, Youngkin raised to 47.6 per cent to McAuliffe’s 47 per cent. The election is considered a referendum on the Biden administration and a Youngkin victory could deal a huge blow to an administration beset by mounting problems. 

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McAuliffe, during a campaign in Manassas, Virginia on Sunday called for the Old Dominion State to ‘diversify’ its teacher base as the race comes down to issues – including education and critical race theory.

The Democratic candidate promised to create a program to attract more minority teachers while lamenting that Virginia has too many white teachers.

‘We got to work hard to diversify our teacher base,’ McAuliffe said at the event. 

‘Fifty per cent of our students are students of color, 80 per cent of the teachers are White, so what I’m going to do for you – we’ll be the first state in America,’ he continued. ‘If you go teach in Virginia for five years in a high-demand area — that could be geographic, it could be course work — we will pay room, board, tuition, any college, any university, or any HBCU here in Virginia.’ 

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The reference to Historically Black Colleges and Universities insinuated that the free college program would be aimed at prioritizing attracting prospective non-white teachers to the state. 

A Republican victory in the state, which Biden won by 10 points in 2020, would sound the alarm for Democrats ahead of the 2022 midterms with Biden still dropping in the polls.

A poll released on Monday showed 44 per cent of Democratic voters want a different candidate than Biden on the presidential ballot in 2024 because they think another person would have a better chance of winning. 

Half of Republicans, however, said former President Donald Trump has a better chance of winning in 2024 than any other GOP candidate on the ticket.

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Another 35 per cent said they think someone else would have a better shot at winning the White House in 2024 than Trump and 14 per cent of Republicans and right-leaning voters said they are unsure.

During the day before the election, McAuliffe and Youngkin are both heading to Roanoke in the morning and Richmond in the afternoon. Youngkin will make an additional stop in Virginia Beach.

In the evening, McAuliffe will head to Fairfax County and Youngkin will finish up in Loudoun County, the wealthiest county in the U.S. with a household median income of more than $142,000.

The defining factors of the Virginia gubernatorial race have come down to some issues in Loudoun over parental control of education, the rights of trans Virginians and critical race theory. 

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Democrat Terry McAuliffe campaigns in Manassas, Virginia on Sunday

Republican Glenn Youngkin campaings on Halloween in Abingdon, Virginia

Republican Glenn Youngkin (right) has pulled ahead of Democrat Terry McAuliffe (left) by less than 1% in the days leading up to Virginia’s gubernatorial race on Tuesday

A polling average by Fivethirty Eight shows Republican contender Youngkin up .6% from Democrat McAuliffe in a 47.6–47% split

A polling average by Fivethirty Eight shows Republican contender Youngkin up .6% from Democrat McAuliffe in a 47.6–47% split

One of McAuliffe’s advisers told Politico when asked for a prediction of the outcome of Tuesday’s election: ‘No one knows. It’s a toss-up.’

A poll from Fox 5 released Monday shows Youngkin ahead by 2 per cent, which is still within the poll’s 4.4 per cent margin of error but is a higher margin than the average survey numbers from FiveThirtyEight.

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Former President Donald Trump repeated his endorsement of Youngkin in a statement Monday morning where he said: ‘Remember this, Glenn Youngkin is a good man, a hardworking man, a successful man. He loves Virginia and wants to cut your taxes, save your children’s education, and many other very good things.’

‘Terry McAuliffe is a low-life politician who lies, cheats, and steals,’ Trump said of the Democratic candidate vying to again be Virginia’s governor. ‘He was a terrible high-tax governor and would be, if elected, an even worse governor again.’

He continued: ‘I say to all of our millions of followers, don’t listen to the Fake News and misleading advertisements written largely by already-acknowledged perverts. Get out and vote for a man who will be a great governor, Glenn Youngkin!’

Trump is holding a long distance tele-rally for Youngkin on Monday, in which the candidate will be participating. 

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Donald Trump reiterated his support for Youngkin in a statement Monday ahed of the former president's tele-rally for the candidate. He urged supporters to get out and vote despite not being a 'believer in the integrity of Virginia's elections'

Donald Trump reiterated his support for Youngkin in a statement Monday ahed of the former president’s tele-rally for the candidate. He urged supporters to get out and vote despite not being a ‘believer in the integrity of Virginia’s elections’

Youngkin’s absence at the upcoming Trump rally makes it seem the candidate is trying to distance himself from the ex-president as Democrats try to link them to each other ahead of Election Day.

Trump said in his Monday morning statement that this isn’t true.

‘The Fake News media, together with some of the perverts doing ads ad nauseam on primarily Fox (Fox shouldn’t take those ads!), are trying to create an impression that Glenn Youngkin and I are at odds and don’t like each other,’ he wrote.

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‘Importantly, this is not true, we get along very well together and strongly believe in many of the same policies. Especially when it comes to the important subject of education.’

McAuliffe’s camp feels linking Younkin to Trump will help their chances of winning, while Trump says a candidate being backed by him will nearly assure them victory due to his base turning out.

Trump said in an interview that aired Saturday that his loyal base will need to turn out for Youngkin to win on Tuesday.

‘I think he should win,’ Trump told Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro. ‘I’ll be honest, my base has to turn out.’

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Trump endorsed Youngkin against McAuliffe, who served as Virginia’s governor from 2014 to 2018.

The former president’s endorsement, Trump insinuated, is key for Republican candidates to get voters from his large base to turn out in elections that may have otherwise not gained as much national attention.

Democrats have labeled Youngkin as a ‘Trump acolyte’ to try and deter independents and moderates from voting him in as the next Virginia governor, but Trump said that tactic ‘backfires because I think it gets the base to come out and vote.’

‘The last person that ran as a Republican did not embrace Trump in Virginia,’ Trump said in reference to Ed Gillespie, who was defeated by Democrat Ralph Northam in 2017.

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‘He got killed, he was absolutely destroyed,’ Trump continued, ‘I think if my base doesn’t come out, he can’t win. I think my base has to come out very strongly.’

Some feel that Trump questioning the validity of election results in general have hurt Republicans’ chances of winning local elections nation-wide because of pro-Trump voters’ reluctance to turn out if they feel their ballots won’t count.

Despite urging his supporters to turn out and vote, the former president also questioned the integrity of Virginia’s elections on Monday.

‘The reason the Fake News and perverts are working over time is to try and convince people that we do not like each other, and therefore, my great and unprecedented Make America Great Again base will not show up to vote,’ Trump explained.

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He added: ‘Also, I am not a believer in the integrity of Virginia’s elections, lots of bad things went on, and are going on. The way you beat it is to flood the system and get out and vote.’

44% of Democrats want to REPLACE Joe Biden on the ticket before the 2024 because another candidate will have a better chance of winning, shocking new poll finds 

Of left-leaning voters, 44 per cent want a different candidate on the Democratic presidential ballot in 2024 because they think another person would have a better chance of winning than current President Joe Biden.

An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist National poll released Monday shows that 36 per cent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents think their party has a better chance putting Biden at the top of the ticket for a second term.

Twenty per cent say they are unsure.

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Half of Republicans, however, said former President Donald Trump has a better chance of winning in 2024 than any other GOP candidate on the ticket.

Another 35 per cent said they think someone else would have a better shot at winning the White House in 2024 than Trump and 14 per cent of Republicans and right-leaning voters said they are unsure.

In the poll, 36% of Democratic voters say the party have a better shot of winning the White House if Biden goes for a second term in 2024

In the poll, 36% of Democratic voters say the party have a better shot of winning the White House if Biden goes for a second term in 2024

Trump has not said whether he is running again in 2024, but has given strong indications that he will announce after the 2022 midterms. Either way, more Democrats and left-leaning voters think a different candidate has a better shot of edging out a Republican competitor than Biden.

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Biden said during his 2020 campaign that he wasn’t running just to serve for one term.

The president’s approval rating is dropping as Democrats prepare for the 2022 midterms, where they will try to retain their slim margins of control of the House and Senate – and possibly increase their majorities.

According to the new poll, Biden’s approval rating is 44 per cent and disapproval is at 49 per cent – a further slip from the October Marist poll where he was at 45 per cent approval and 46 per cent disapproval.

A few sites that show Biden’s average approval rating based on several national polls, the president had higher approval than disapproval in the first seven months of his presidency, but that changed in August when several different issues started plaguing his administration.

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