With former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe holding an razor skinny edge over GOP nominee Glenn Younkin with lower than weeks till Election Day within the state’s gubernatorial showdown, McAuliffe’s bringing out some of the most important names within the Democratic Party to assist him energize Democrats to vote.

McAuliffe mentioned Tuesday throughout an training roundtable in Alexandria, Virginia that President Biden will return to the commonwealth, telling reporters “he’ll be coming back. You bet he will.”

The McAuliffe campaign didn’t present any additional particulars, nor did the White House.


“I don’t have any updates on travel. I would expect we would have more to convey soon about his plans to support the election of former governor McAuliffe,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki mentioned throughout Tuesday’s briefing.

The president final teamed up with McAuliffe on the campaign trail in late July within the voter-rich and closely Democratic Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. 

President Biden participates in a campaign occasion with candidate for Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe, at Lubber Run Park in Arlington, Virginia, July 23, 2021. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein
(REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein)

That was earlier than McAuliffe’s lead over Youngkin, a first-time candidate and former CEO of a big personal fairness agency, began shrinking amid the sinking of Biden’s approval scores. The drop within the president’s numbers had been fueled by criticism of his dealing with of the turbulent U.S. exit from Afghanistan, the surge in COVID-19 circumstances this summer time primarily amongst unvaccinated folks due to the unfold of the extremely infectious delta variant, and the most recent surge of migrants attempting to cross into the U.S. alongside the southern border with Mexico.


The president’s approval scores in Virginia have additionally deteriorated. A latest Fox News poll indicated Virginians equally divided on the job Biden’s doing as president and on his favorability, in a state Biden gained by 10 factors in final November’s presidential election. 

McAuliffe, in a latest video convention clip that Republicans spotlighted, acknowledged that “we are facing a lot of headwinds from Washington, as you know. The president is unpopular today, unfortunately here in Virginia, so we have got to plow through.”

Adding to Biden’s polling woes is the shortcoming to date by the White House and congressional Democrats – due to an intra-party battle between progressives and reasonable Democrats on Capitol Hill – to agree on the occasion’s large social spending, human infrastructure and local weather change bundle, in addition to a bipartisan infrastructure invoice. That has compelled McAuliffe to criticize his personal occasion. The odds that the Democrats will come to settlement and go each packages earlier than Election Day in Virginia are diminishing.

The former governor has repeatedly emphasised – on the talk stage and in interviews – that it’s time for lawmakers in Washington “to stop their little chitty-chat up there, and it’s time for them to pass it.”


According to a median of the most recent polls within the race signifies that McAuliffe – who’s operating for his outdated job – holds a slight, single-digit edge over Youngkin in Virginia, the place Republicans have not gained a statewide contest in a dozen years.  The Cook Report, a prime nonpartisan political handicapper, three weeks in the past shifted its rating of the race from “lean Democratic” to “toss up.”

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, left, and Republican nominee, Glenn Youngkin, participate in their debate at Northern Virginia Community College, in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, left, and Republican nominee, Glenn Youngkin, take part of their debate at Northern Virginia Community College, in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Virginia and New Jersey are the one two states to maintain gubernatorial elections within the yr after the presidency’s determined, guaranteeing they all the time seize outsized consideration. 

There’s a long-running pattern of voters within the commonwealth defeating the gubernatorial nominee of the occasion that controls the White House. McAuliffe broke with that custom in 2013 together with his election as governor within the yr after Obama was reelected. McAuliffe was unable to run for reelection in 2017 as a result of Virginia governors are barred from serving two straight phrases.

The shut contest in Virginia – a one-time key battleground however nonetheless aggressive state which is seen as a key bellwether ahead of the 2022 midterm elections – has nationwide Democrats on edge as they defend their razor-thin majorities within the House of Representatives and Senate in subsequent yr’s contests.


The newest surveys within the state additionally point out that Republican voters are extra motivated than their Democratic counterparts. And McAuliffe’s placing on a full court docket press to get Democrats to solid ballots within the present early voting interval, or to go to the polls on Election Day.

Besides Biden, McAuliffe’s workforce additionally introduced on Tuesday that former President Obama  will campaign with the previous governor within the state capital metropolis of Richmond per week from Saturday, on Oct. 23. Even after practically 5 years faraway from the White House, the previous two-term president stays very talked-about and influential with voters in his personal occasion.

“Folks, I’m excited to announce that President Obama will be joining me,” McAuliffe wrote on Twitter.

McAuliffe will even campaign with First Lady Jill Biden on Friday in Richmond. And he’ll workforce up on the campaign trail this upcoming weekend with voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams, the former Georgia House Democratic chief who in 2018 made historical past as the primary Black feminine gubernatorial nominee of a serious political occasion.

Veteran Democratic strategist Josh Schwerin, who ran communications for McAuliffe’s profitable 2013 gubernatorial campaign, mentioned “there’s no nervousness at all” about having Biden return to the Virginia campaign trail. Schwerin mentioned that Biden “absolutely” can nonetheless energize the bottom, even together with his deteriorating poll numbers.

“We’re at a point in the election where this is about getting your people out to vote,” he emphasised.

But Youngkin campaign communications adviser Devin O’Malley mentioned “it’s telling that the announcement about Biden was not included with their list of other surrogates coming in to stump for Terry. All of these announcements are an indication that the McAuliffe campaign is scared. There is a huge enthusiasm gap that McAuliffe’s trying to close because he doesn’t excite his base.”

By distinction, there isn’t any indication that former President Trump, who’s endorsed Youngkin, will come to Virginia to campaign with the GOP nominee.

A Virginia GOP official advised Fox News that  there are not any plans within the works proper now for the previous president campaign in Virginia, however that “the two teams are in touch to determine how the former president can be most helpful.”

McAuliffe’s been repeatedly linking Youngkin to Trump, who stays deeply unpopular with many Virginia voters.

McAuliffe continually calls Youngkin a “Trump wannabe,” and doesn’t miss a possibility at campaign occasions, interviews and in the course of the two debates between the nominees to tie Youngkin to Trump. 

On Monday, the McAuliffe campaign went up with a new digital ad accusing Youngkin of “putting Trump’s agenda first.”

“All the Democrats are on the field. On the flip side, Trump’s in hiding,” Schwerin charged. “He’s who Youngkin needs to turn out his voters and for whatever reason they’re afraid to bring him to Virginia. In a close race where both sides need to be throwing everything at this, the Democrats are and Trump’s MIA.”