Youngkin up 8% over Democrat McAuliffe in gov race poll

Terry McAuliffe had been leading in the polls as recently as two weeks ago.


Republican Glenn Youngkin now holds a clear lead over Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia gubernatorial race with five days to go before Election Day, according to a just-released poll.

The Fox News survey showed Youngkin leading McAuliffe by eight percentage points (53-45) among likely voters, with just 2 percent supporting other candidates or undecided.

That represents a dramatic turnaround from just two weeks ago, when the same poll showed McAuliffe with 51 percent support among likely voters, 46 percent supporting Youngkin and 3 percent undecided or supporting other candidates.

Youngkin also leads McAullife by a single percentage point (48-47) among all registered voters, a 12-point turnaround from two weeks earlier, when McAullife held a 52-41 advantage among registered voters.

Terry McAuliffe was leading in the polls as recently as two weeks ago.
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Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has been endorsed by President Biden.
McAuliffe, the Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has been endorsed by President Biden.
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Perhaps most stunningly, the poll shows 53 percent of likely Virginia voters were more likely to trust Youngkin on the issue of education, while just 44 percent said they were more likely to trust McAuliffe.

The race has been rocked in recent weeks by the issue of parental control of education amid controversies over issues like mask mandates and the imposition of critical race theory in K-12 curricula.


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