Democratic veteran Terry McAuliffe will run in this year’s Virginia election with former Carlisle chief executive Glenn Youngkin, a contest that will be seen as the bell tower of the US political climate for less than a year under Biden.
Only two governorships, Virginia and New Jersey, will be discussed in November. While New Jersey incumbent Democratic President Phil Murphy is expected to be re-elected, analysts say the Virginia contest was a “mess” that would have attracted considerable national interest.
“This is the market race this year,” said Kyle Kondick of the University of Virginia Center for Policy, noting that the state governor race, which takes place a year after the presidential election, has historically been seen as a referendum party at the White House.
This year’s contest will be seen as the first major election test for Biden’s Democrats in next year’s by-elections, when the control of both the chambers of Congress and dozens of governors will be challenged. It will give the Republicans a chance to regain the support of the moderate electorate, which has renounced its taste for Donald Trump.
McAuliffe, who served as governor of Virginia from 2014-2018, won the Democratic primary in a nationwide election on Tuesday, becoming his party’s candidate with five candidates. Democrat incumbent Ralph Northam cannot be re-elected under state law that prohibits incumbents from holding office.
McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and longtime ally Representatives of Billy և Hillary Clinton will now fight against Yangkin in the November elections.
Yangkin, who has never held an elected office, left Carlisle last year at a private equity firm 25 years later and began running for governor in January. After last month’s congress, he won the Republican nomination and endorsed Trump, who said Yangkin “knows how to stifle Virginia’s economy.”
According to him, his fortune is about $ 300 million, շաբաթ last week his campaign announced that he has collected almost $ 16 million from donors so far, just concluding the nearly $ 15 million raised by McAuliffe.
But Yangkin faces a tough battle to win in Virginia, a state where Democrats have had significant achievements In recent years, it has largely been driven by the support of independent Republicans in the suburban suburbs. In November, Biden became the first Democrat victory in Virginia more than 10 points more than Franklin D. Roosevelt since 1944.
Analysts say Yangkin should gently strike a balance by returning moderate Republicans without restricting conservatives Trump support base if he predominates in November.
However, history may be on his side, given that Virginia in recent decades has tended to elect a governor from the party rather than the White House. Except for McCullough’s victory in 2013, a year after Barack Obama was re-elected US President. ,
«[Virginia] “Sometimes it is seen as one of the first tests of the new presidential administration,” Kondik said. “It is a test, to be honest, the administration often fails because there is a long history of the state voting against the White House.”
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