White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki downplayed concerns that 2021’s off-year elections may sign bother for President Biden and Democrats, arguing they are not a “bellwether” that can predict future elections.

“I think the president of course wants former Governor McAuliffe to be the future governor of Virginia. There is alignment in a lot of their agenda,” Psaki mentioned throughout Thursday’s press briefing. “I will leave it to other outside analysis to convey that off-year elections are often not a bellwether.”

The press secretary made clear that the Biden administration helps former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, arguing that the previous governor shares an identical imaginative and prescient to the president.

“We’re going to do everything we have to help former Governor McAuliffe and we believe in the agenda he’s representing,” Psaki mentioned.

The feedback come as McAuliffe is at present engaged in a good race towards Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin.

According to the newest Real Clear Politics polling average, McAuliffe leads Youngkin by 3.4 factors, a good race in a state Biden gained by over 10 points throughout his 2020 marketing campaign towards former President Donald Trump.

Those numbers come as Democrats additionally combat to take care of their grip on management of Congress, with latest generic congressional ballot polling exhibiting a good race between Republicans and Democrats, regardless of the ballot’s latest pattern to favor Democrats.

Biden himself has seen his approval score endure in latest months, with the Real Clear Politics common exhibiting 52% of voters disapprove of his efficiency in comparison with 44.1% who approve.

The numbers signify a steep decline for the president, who entered workplace with an nearly 20-point benefit in approval score and loved a constructive approval score as not too long ago as Aug. 21.