Former President Donald Trump teased a potential campaign appearance in Virginia, amid a tied governor’s race less than a week from Election Day.
Mr. Trump said on Wednesday that he would be seeing Virginians “soon,” fueling speculation about a possible last-minute stump for Republican Glenn Youngkin.
“Chanting ‘We love Trump!’ in Arlington, Va. Thank you, Arlington. See you soon!,” Mr. Trump said in a statement through his political action committee, Save America.
Former president Donald Trump on Wednesday teased the idea of making an appearance in Arlington on behalf of Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin, stirring all sides of Virginia politics during the final days of the race. “Chanting, ‘We love Trump!’ in Arlington, Va. Thank you, Arlington, see you soon!" Trump said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon, a day after President Biden campaigned for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in the blue county.
GOP gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin released a TV and digital ad Tuesday attacking Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe over his ties to Dominion Energy, which has earned hundreds of millions above a fair profit in part because of 2015 legislation McAuliffe signed while he was governor.
Dominion Energy this year pumped $200,000 into a secretive political action committee that helped McAuliffe by attacking Youngkin from the right in digital ads in an attempt to depress Youngkin’s support in rural areas.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe campaigned in Danville on Wednesday, just after his opponent rallied supporters during an event the night before.
McAuliffe pulled no punches, accusing Republican Glenn Youngkin of filling his campaign with racist dog whistles, including references to ensuring “election integrity” and running an ad featuring a woman who wanted a book by a Black author, Toni Morrison’s “Beloved,” banned from her son’s English curriculum.
Pledging to cut taxes and reduce government overreach, Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin rallied supporters during a campaign event at the Community Market in Danville on Tuesday evening.
“We have a moment here, a defining moment, where we all get to change the trajectory of this great commonwealth of Virginia, not just for Virginians, not just for those who live here, but for the entire United States,” Youngkin told about 200-300 supporters.
Republican Glenn Youngkin is going back to the future with his closing argument in the homestretch of his gubernatorial bid against Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
Looking to coax undecided voters off the sidelines, Mr. Youngkin is barnstorming Virginia with a traditional conservative Republican message anchored in kitchen-table issues.
“We collectively know the future that we can build is so different than the one Terry McAuliffe wants the government to impose upon us,” Mr. Youngkin said at a recent rally.
In the final days of the tight race for Virginia governor, the candidates are turning to the unlikeliest of campaign props: a novel from 1987.
A new online advertisement released this week by Glenn Youngkin, the Republican candidate, features a mother who pushed to have Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” banned from her son’s English curriculum eight years ago, citing the book’s graphic scenes. When that failed, she started an effort that eventually became a bill passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly, but that was rejected by former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat now running to win back his old job.
Virginia’s Democratic and Republican parties are bulking up their legal teams and are prepared to litigate the governor’s election Tuesday in a likely photo finish of the race.
The state political parties and campaigns for Republican Glenn Youngkin and Democrat Terry McAuliffe have enlisted heavyweight law firms to monitor the polls and election officials and to prepare for the types of courtroom showdowns that are increasingly a staple of U.S. elections.
As chief election officer of a Fairfax County election precinct, Beth Tudan was a constant presence at the polls last year. She was there when some of her fellow poll workers chose to stay home out of fear for their health during the coronavirus pandemic, and she was there to welcome the new faces who stepped up to fill their places. And Tudan, 56, will be there again Tuesday, leading a team of 11 poll workers — some returning after taking last year off — as they guide voters through Virginia’s statewide election.
Democratic Del. Kelly Convirs-Fowler is defending her 21st House District seat against Republican challenger Tanya Gould.
The race is Convirs-Fowler’s third in the competitive district, which comprises parts of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. She won against an eight-year Republican incumbent in 2017 and defeated another Republican challenger in 2019.
Del. Dawn Adams, D-Richmond, first won her seat in an anti-Trump wave election in 2017 before she was re-elected in 2019. She’s now touting her policy expertise and willingness to learn as she seeks re-election against Republican Mark Earley Jr., who said he expects a close race and whose focus on education and crime mirrors that of GOP gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin.
The 79th House District includes portions of Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Norfolk.
Nadarius Clark is in his first campaign, but he defeated three-term incumbent Del. Steve Heretick in the June Democratic primary. Clark has campaigned as a progressive candidate and supports financial reparations to the descendants of enslaved people and leveraging revenue from the marijuana industry to invest in communities “decimated by the war on drugs.” . . . Lawrence Mason is the first Republican running for the seat since 2001. Mason came to Hampton Roads through the Navy and feels representation has been lacking in the district, causing issues to go unfixed.
Marie March recently questioned the loyalty of at least a few members of the Montgomery County Republican Party in her bid for the House of Delegates.
March, who faces Democrat Derek Kitts in the 7th House District race, is seen addressing her concerns in a video that was uploaded to YouTube last week. Other local figures seen in the background of the clip include former Christiansburg Councilman Harry Collins and current Montgomery County School Board member Dana Partin.
Republican Del. Robert Bloxom Jr. is facing Democratic challenger Finale Johnson Norton in the 100th House District, which includes parts of Norfolk, Accomack and Northampton counties.
Bloxom, 58, was elected in 2014 and was recognized by the Virginia Education Association as the 2015 Legislative Rookie of the year. Most recently he’s served on the Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee; Appropriations Committee and the House Privileges and Elections Committee.
A portion of Suffolk and Chesapeake voters will elect the next representative for the 76th District.
Democrat Clinton Jenkins is the incumbent. Jenkins said in a Facebook post earlier this month that his platform will focus on “healthcare, education, workers’ rights, voting rights, infrastructure, and other important issues” if he is reelected. . . . One of Jenkins’ opponents is Republican Michael Dillender, a retired Navy captain and financial planner. According to his campaign website, Dillender will prioritize issues including the economy, education, healthcare, transportation, public safety and COVID-19.
Independent Craig Warren, a construction business owner, is the third contender. Warren said in an email to The Virginian-Pilot his platform is built around issues in education, the economy and the pandemic’s impact on businesses.
The three candidates for the open 88th District House of Delegates seat—Kecia Evans, Timothy Lewis and Phillip Scott—answered several questions in an online debate Tuesday night, covering topics ranging from abortion laws to COVID-19 mandates to traffic gridlock. Democratic candidate Evans, 44, opened the debate saying she is running on her Christian values and is someone who understands the issues and who brings people together.
David Wilson, a Republican candidate for House of Delegates, admits to being in prison for carjacking and abduction. Growing up on the Peninsula, Wilson says he was a troubled teen. A lack of direction quickly saddled him with a sizable rap sheet, including charges that landed him in state penitentiary in 2002, online court records say. Nearly two decades later, Wilson works as a mentor in some of the troubled places he grew up, and started Us 4 Us, a youth violence prevention nonprofit.
Virginians are in the midst of determining whether Democrats or Republicans control the governor’s mansion and House of Delegates next year.
The vote in the Roanoke Valley seems entirely predictable.
For decades, Roanoke County has delivered for Republicans in gubernatorial and presidential elections, while Roanoke City solidly backed Democrats. They’ve consistently delivered those results since 2000, even as the rest of Virginia shifted dramatically to the political left.
About 33.9% of Albemarle County ballots have not yet been scanned by the United States Postal Service as of Monday, according to data from the Virginia Department of Elections, but it unclear what effect this could have on the Nov. 2 election.
Yet the Democratic Party of Virginia is concerned and has filed a lawsuit against he USPS for failure to timely process and deliver election-related mail, which it says is “threatening to disenfranchise thousands of Virginia voters. Data from the state was brought to light as part of the lawsuit.