Glenn Youngkin 1Glenn Youngkin

Current Position: Republican Nominee for Governor of Virginia
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2022 Governor

‍Glenn Youngkin is a homegrown Virginian who grew up in Richmond and Virginia Beach. As his father changed jobs, Glenn learned that moving around didn’t equal moving up – nothing was handed to him. From his first job washing dishes and frying eggs at a diner in Virginia Beach, Glenn embraced hard work and responsibility to help his family when his father lost his job. His determination to succeed earned him multiple high school basketball honors in Virginia and an athletic scholarship to college.

After earning an engineering degree at Rice University, and his MBA at Harvard Business School, Glenn and his wife Suzanne moved to Northern Virginia. Glenn landed a job at The Carlyle Group, where he spent the next 25 years. Working his way to the top of the company, Glenn played a key role in building Carlyle into one of the leading investment firms in the world. His efforts have helped fund the retirements of teachers, police officers, firefighters and other frontline public servants and supported hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

Source: Campaign page

Dominion Energy’s CEO sent an email to company employees Monday morning saying the company’s political action committee had failed to properly vet an anti-Glenn Youngkin PAC it gave large donations to, and is asking for its money back.
The email came following weekend news reports by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Axios that Dominion had donated $200,000 to a PAC that appears to be aligned with Democrats but is attacking Youngkin, the GOP nominee for governor, from the right on gun issues, creating the appearance that conservatives aren’t happy with Youngkin. The ads are running in rural areas of the state that support Youngkin, in an attempt to lower voter turnout for him.

Bob Blue told employees the company has a long history of transparent and bipartisan political giving.

“This weekend we were reminded that going above and beyond in transparency is necessary but not sufficient. Based on our own disclosures, two news stories highlighted activities of the Accountability Virginia PAC that we would not approve or knowingly support,” the CEO wrote.

“Although familiar with the Accountability Virginia PAC sponsors, we failed to vet sufficiently the scope of their intended activities. In as much, we have asked that our contributions be returned.
“As with any failure in terms of living up to our core values, we will learn from this and implement lessons learned going forward. We will not be giving to organizations of this nature in the future.”

It remains unclear how Dominion got connected with the PAC; Blue declined to be interviewed.

Youngkin at Parents Matter rally in Culpeper: "The country needs us to win Virginia"
Culpeper Star-Exponent, Allison Brophy ChampionOctober 13, 2021 (Medium)

Around 150 people, including representatives from various national and global media outlets, packed into The Pier restaurant in downtown Culpeper Wednesday for a “Parents Matter” campaign rally with Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin.
“We gotta all win together,” said the 54-year-old native Virginian and former CEO of The Carlyle Group private equity firm, in addressing initial comments to a half-dozen local Republican candidates in attendance.
“There is something absolutely amazing going on across Virginia and this is no longer Republicans versus Democrats. This is Virginians coming together and standing up. We are no longer going to support this liberal agenda that’s trying to turn Virginia into California east…not here, no more.”

The Culpeper County Republican Committee hosted the rally in the female-owned seafood eatery at end of East Davis Street, and paid for a spread of food set out on a table for attendees. There were loud cheers throughout the 30-minute rally.

The crowd chanted Youngkin’s name as he arrived in downtown Culpeper following a tour of the new Culpeper Technical Education Center public high school.
“This facility I just saw is unbelievable. We need CTECs all over Virginia,” he said.

Youngkin walks fine line on 'election integrity'
CNN, Dan MerciaOctober 8, 2021 (Medium)

Glenn Youngkin is trying to walk a tightrope on so-called election integrity.

The Virginia GOP gubernatorial nominee, who has acknowledged that President Joe Biden’s election was legitimate, is digging into his call for an audit of the voting machines used in the 2020 election — a reflection of how former President Donald Trump’s lies about the election results have become a litmus test for Republican candidates seeking office, even in states like Virginia, which backed Biden by 10 points last fall.

“I think we need to make sure that people trust these voting machines. And I just think like, I grew up in a world where you have an audit every year. In businesses, you have an audit,” Youngkin said Monday during a conversation with a Richmond organization that’s interviewing candidates, reiterating a proposal he had made eight months ago when he launched an “election integrity task force” during the Republican nominating fight.

“So let’s just audit the voting machines, publish it so everybody can see it,” he said, ignoring that the State Board of Elections had already run an audit of the election and published the results.

Yet last month, during the second and final debate against Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe ahead of the November election, Youngkin said the results of the 2020 campaign were “certifiably fair” and there wasn’t “material fraud.” The Virginia State Board of Elections’ audit report, published in March, confirmed the results of both the 2020 presidential election in Virginia and the Senate campaign that saw Democrat Mark Warner reelected.

Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin broke with former President Trump on Thursday on whether he believes Democrats will cheat in the upcoming election.

“No, I think we’re going to have a clean, fair election and I fully expect to win,” Youngkin told moderator Susan Page at the first Virginia general election debate of the cycle.

Additionally, Youngkin said he did not believe there had been significant fraud in Virginia’s elections.

The Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, Glenn Youngkin, issued a challenge of sorts this week to his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, inviting him to film a joint public service announcement promoting vaccination against COVID-19.

It was a ploy that could be clever, but maybe too clever by half.

Certainly Youngkin’s gambit had the benefit of being an appeal for bipartisan cooperation that could spur an increase in vaccination. He has also run a TV ad in which he says, “I chose to get the COVID vaccine. It’s your right to make your own choice, and I respect that. I do hope you’ll choose to join me in getting the vaccine.”

Youngkin seeks to reverse Virginia GOP's Trump-era carnage
Politico, Zach MontellaroMay 11, 2021 (Short)

Less than 12 hours after Glenn Youngkin locked up the GOP nomination for Virginia governor on Monday night, former President Donald Trump barreled into 2021’s most competitive statewide election.

“Glenn is pro-Business, pro-Second Amendment, pro-Veterans, pro-America, he knows how to make Virginia’s economy rip-roaring, and he has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump wrote in a statement Tuesday morning that was circulated by his political action committee.

Trump’s endorsement came after Youngkin emerged from a contentious nominating battle seeking to lock down the Republican base. But unlike states like Arkansas or South Carolina — red states where Trump has already made endorsements in a 2022 gubernatorial race — the former president’s support in Virginia carries more risks than benefits.

Trump’s presidency ushered in an era of defeats for Virginia Republicans: a Democratic sweep of statewide elections in 2017, the loss of three swing congressional seats in 2018 and, finally, Democrats flipping both state legislative chambers in 2019, giving Democrats complete control of Richmond for the first time since 1994.

Summary

Current Position: Republican Nominee for Governor of Virginia
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2022 Governor

‍Glenn Youngkin is a homegrown Virginian who grew up in Richmond and Virginia Beach. As his father changed jobs, Glenn learned that moving around didn’t equal moving up – nothing was handed to him. From his first job washing dishes and frying eggs at a diner in Virginia Beach, Glenn embraced hard work and responsibility to help his family when his father lost his job. His determination to succeed earned him multiple high school basketball honors in Virginia and an athletic scholarship to college.

After earning an engineering degree at Rice University, and his MBA at Harvard Business School, Glenn and his wife Suzanne moved to Northern Virginia. Glenn landed a job at The Carlyle Group, where he spent the next 25 years. Working his way to the top of the company, Glenn played a key role in building Carlyle into one of the leading investment firms in the world. His efforts have helped fund the retirements of teachers, police officers, firefighters and other frontline public servants and supported hundreds of thousands of American jobs.

Source: Campaign page

News & Events

Dominion Energy’s CEO sent an email to company employees Monday morning saying the company’s political action committee had failed to properly vet an anti-Glenn Youngkin PAC it gave large donations to, and is asking for its money back.
The email came following weekend news reports by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Axios that Dominion had donated $200,000 to a PAC that appears to be aligned with Democrats but is attacking Youngkin, the GOP nominee for governor, from the right on gun issues, creating the appearance that conservatives aren’t happy with Youngkin. The ads are running in rural areas of the state that support Youngkin, in an attempt to lower voter turnout for him.

Bob Blue told employees the company has a long history of transparent and bipartisan political giving.

“This weekend we were reminded that going above and beyond in transparency is necessary but not sufficient. Based on our own disclosures, two news stories highlighted activities of the Accountability Virginia PAC that we would not approve or knowingly support,” the CEO wrote.

“Although familiar with the Accountability Virginia PAC sponsors, we failed to vet sufficiently the scope of their intended activities. In as much, we have asked that our contributions be returned.
“As with any failure in terms of living up to our core values, we will learn from this and implement lessons learned going forward. We will not be giving to organizations of this nature in the future.”

It remains unclear how Dominion got connected with the PAC; Blue declined to be interviewed.

Youngkin at Parents Matter rally in Culpeper: “The country needs us to win Virginia”
Culpeper Star-Exponent, Allison Brophy ChampionOctober 13, 2021 (Medium)

Around 150 people, including representatives from various national and global media outlets, packed into The Pier restaurant in downtown Culpeper Wednesday for a “Parents Matter” campaign rally with Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin.
“We gotta all win together,” said the 54-year-old native Virginian and former CEO of The Carlyle Group private equity firm, in addressing initial comments to a half-dozen local Republican candidates in attendance.
“There is something absolutely amazing going on across Virginia and this is no longer Republicans versus Democrats. This is Virginians coming together and standing up. We are no longer going to support this liberal agenda that’s trying to turn Virginia into California east…not here, no more.”

The Culpeper County Republican Committee hosted the rally in the female-owned seafood eatery at end of East Davis Street, and paid for a spread of food set out on a table for attendees. There were loud cheers throughout the 30-minute rally.

The crowd chanted Youngkin’s name as he arrived in downtown Culpeper following a tour of the new Culpeper Technical Education Center public high school.
“This facility I just saw is unbelievable. We need CTECs all over Virginia,” he said.

Youngkin walks fine line on ‘election integrity’
CNN, Dan MerciaOctober 8, 2021 (Medium)

Glenn Youngkin is trying to walk a tightrope on so-called election integrity.

The Virginia GOP gubernatorial nominee, who has acknowledged that President Joe Biden’s election was legitimate, is digging into his call for an audit of the voting machines used in the 2020 election — a reflection of how former President Donald Trump’s lies about the election results have become a litmus test for Republican candidates seeking office, even in states like Virginia, which backed Biden by 10 points last fall.

“I think we need to make sure that people trust these voting machines. And I just think like, I grew up in a world where you have an audit every year. In businesses, you have an audit,” Youngkin said Monday during a conversation with a Richmond organization that’s interviewing candidates, reiterating a proposal he had made eight months ago when he launched an “election integrity task force” during the Republican nominating fight.

“So let’s just audit the voting machines, publish it so everybody can see it,” he said, ignoring that the State Board of Elections had already run an audit of the election and published the results.

Yet last month, during the second and final debate against Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe ahead of the November election, Youngkin said the results of the 2020 campaign were “certifiably fair” and there wasn’t “material fraud.” The Virginia State Board of Elections’ audit report, published in March, confirmed the results of both the 2020 presidential election in Virginia and the Senate campaign that saw Democrat Mark Warner reelected.

Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin broke with former President Trump on Thursday on whether he believes Democrats will cheat in the upcoming election.

“No, I think we’re going to have a clean, fair election and I fully expect to win,” Youngkin told moderator Susan Page at the first Virginia general election debate of the cycle.

Additionally, Youngkin said he did not believe there had been significant fraud in Virginia’s elections.

The Republican candidate for governor in Virginia, Glenn Youngkin, issued a challenge of sorts this week to his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, inviting him to film a joint public service announcement promoting vaccination against COVID-19.

It was a ploy that could be clever, but maybe too clever by half.

Certainly Youngkin’s gambit had the benefit of being an appeal for bipartisan cooperation that could spur an increase in vaccination. He has also run a TV ad in which he says, “I chose to get the COVID vaccine. It’s your right to make your own choice, and I respect that. I do hope you’ll choose to join me in getting the vaccine.”

Youngkin seeks to reverse Virginia GOP’s Trump-era carnage
Politico, Zach MontellaroMay 11, 2021 (Short)

Less than 12 hours after Glenn Youngkin locked up the GOP nomination for Virginia governor on Monday night, former President Donald Trump barreled into 2021’s most competitive statewide election.

“Glenn is pro-Business, pro-Second Amendment, pro-Veterans, pro-America, he knows how to make Virginia’s economy rip-roaring, and he has my Complete and Total Endorsement!” Trump wrote in a statement Tuesday morning that was circulated by his political action committee.

Trump’s endorsement came after Youngkin emerged from a contentious nominating battle seeking to lock down the Republican base. But unlike states like Arkansas or South Carolina — red states where Trump has already made endorsements in a 2022 gubernatorial race — the former president’s support in Virginia carries more risks than benefits.

Trump’s presidency ushered in an era of defeats for Virginia Republicans: a Democratic sweep of statewide elections in 2017, the loss of three swing congressional seats in 2018 and, finally, Democrats flipping both state legislative chambers in 2019, giving Democrats complete control of Richmond for the first time since 1994.

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About

Service to Others, Solutions for All

Glenn Youngkin has long heard a call to service and committed time to serving his community and the people around him. Glenn volunteered to coach multiple youth basketball teams, and he served on the boards of many non-profit organizations, including the Virginia Ready Initiative, Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus Advisory Board, the Museum of the Bible, and the Meadowkirk Retreat Center.

He also served as Church Warden at Holy Trinity Church in Northern Virginia and is a member of the Business Council and the American Enterprise Institute’s National Council.

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The Game Plan

One party Democrat control is failing Virginians: our recovery from the pandemic ranks in the bottom 10 among states, our students are behind in school, violent crime has risen to 20-year highs, and much of government, like the Virginia Employment Commission and Department of Motor Vehicles, is broken. People are voting with their feet and leaving the Commonwealth.

It’s time for bold leadership. Glenn will make sure Virginia has better-paying jobs, the best schools, the safest communities, and a government that works for you. His game plan will create 400,000 jobs and make sure every student graduates career or college ready.

Glenn will cut exploding costs for families and relieve the burdens of inflation and taxes. He will cut regulations to create jobs and make it easier for innovators and entrepreneurs to get small businesses moving again. He will restore our high standards for schools and our students, ban critical race theory, invest in our teachers and schools, and empower parents with real choices.

He will defend – not defund – our law enforcement heroes, end human trafficking, and rescue our failing mental health system. And Glenn will make state government honest, efficient, and modern.

While moving forward on these priorities, Glenn will protect our constitutional rights.

The result will be a Commonwealth where businesses can prosper, students can thrive, communities are safe, and people – not politicians – are in charge.

It’s going to take a new kind of leader, not a failed politician looking for a second chance, to make it happen. When Glenn is Governor, we will get it done together.

Governance

Make Goverment Work For You

Virginia’s government is failing its fundamental mission – serving the people. Our system is broken as customer service at agencies such as the DMV and VEC disappears. Glenn will make government work by:

  • Fixing the DMV & the Virginia Employment Commission
  • Protecting our Constitutional Rights
  • Conducting a Statewide Transparency Audit to Root out Waste, Fraud & Abuse
  • Restoring Photo ID Laws & Making it Easy to Vote and Hard to Cheat
  • Investing More Money in Roads & Highways
  • Completing Long-Delayed Environmental Projects

Economy

Cut Costs For Virginians

The cost of living is rising for Virginians, and people are leaving the Commonwealth to look for jobs and start lives elsewhere. Glenn will tackle the rising cost of living and cut costs for Virginians by:

  • Eliminating Virginia’s Grocery Tax & Suspending the Recent Gas Tax Hike for 12 Months
  • Providing a One Time Tax Rebate of $600 for Joint Filers and $300 for Individuals
  • Ending Runaway Property Taxes by Requiring Voter Approval for Increases
  • Cutting Income Taxes by Doubling the Standard Deduction & Cutting Taxes on Veteran Retirement Pay

‍Reinvigorate Job Growth 

Add 400,000 Jobs & 10,000 Startups
Virginia’s jobs machine is broken. After zero job growth from 2013 through 2020, Virginia currently ranks 44th in job recovery during the pandemic and was recently ranked as the 49th best state to start a business. Glenn will jumpstart our economy by:

  • Keeping Virginia Open and Protecting Lives & Livelihoods
  • Protecting Virginians from Forced Unionization & Cutting Job Killing Regulations by 25%
  • Launching #JumpstartJobs to Develop Talent, Train Workers, Attract Investment, & Make Virginia the
  • Easiest State to Start a Business
  • Reinvigorating Small Business by Enacting a Small Business Tax Holiday & Ending the Tax on Rebuild VA and PPP Loans

Education

Restore Excellence In Education

Virginia’s students have fallen behind because of extended school closings, lower school standards, and political agendas. Glenn will empower parents and restore excellence and commonsense in education by:

  • Keeping Schools Open Safely Five Days a Week
  • Restoring High Expectations & Getting Every Student College or Career Ready
  • Ridding Political Agendas from the Classroom by Banning Critical Race Theory
  • Rebuilding Crumbling Schools, Raising Teacher Pay, & Investing in Special Education Programs
  • Creating at least 20 New Innovation Charter Schools across the K-12 Spectrum to Provide Choice

Safety

Keep our Communities Safe

Failed leadership and dangerous policies have left Virginia less safe. With rising violent crime and the murder rate at a 20-year high, Glenn will keep our communities safe by:

  • Fully Funding Law Enforcement & Protecting Qualified Immunity for our Law Enforcement Heroes
  • Firing the Parole Board & Keeping Violent Criminals Off Our Streets
  • Launching #UnityInTheCommunity Programs Operation Ceasefire & Project Exile
  • Fixing Our Broken Mental Health System

Wikipedia

Glenn Allen Youngkin (born December 9, 1966) is an American businessman and politician serving as the 74th governor of Virginia since January 15, 2022. A member of the Republican Party, Youngkin defeated former Democratic governor Terry McAuliffe in the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial election.[1][2] Prior to entering politics, he spent 25 years at the private-equity firm The Carlyle Group, where he became co–CEO in 2018.[3] Youngkin stepped down from the Carlyle Group in September 2020, and announced his candidacy for the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial election in January 2021.[4]

Early life and education

Glenn Allen Youngkin[5] was born in Richmond, Virginia,[6] on December 9, 1966.[7] He is the son of Ellis (née Quinn) and Carroll Wayne Youngkin. His father played basketball for Duke University and worked in accounting and finance.[8] When Youngkin was a teenager, the family moved from Richmond to Virginia Beach.[9] He attended Norfolk Academy in Norfolk, Virginia, graduating in 1985.[10] He received numerous high school basketball honors.[11]

Youngkin attended Rice University in Houston, Texas on a basketball scholarship.[12] He played four seasons for the Owls in the Southwest Conference, and he totaled 82 points and 67 rebounds in his career.[13] In 1990, he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in managerial studies and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.[14][15] He attended Harvard Business School and earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 1994.[16]

Career

Early career

After graduating from Rice in 1990, Youngkin joined the investment bank First Boston,[15] where he handled mergers and acquisitions and capital market financing.[17] The company was bought out by Credit Suisse and became Credit Suisse First Boston; Youngkin left in 1992 to pursue an MBA.[18][15]

In 1994, after receiving his MBA, he joined the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company.[18][15][19]

The Carlyle Group

In August 1995,[19] Youngkin joined the private-equity firm The Carlyle Group, based in Washington, D.C.,[18] initially as a member of the US buyout team.[15] In 1999, he was named a partner and managing director of Carlyle.[20][21] He managed the firm’s United Kingdom buyout team (2000–2005)[15][22] and global industrial sector investment team (2005–2008), dividing his time between London and Washington.[20][23]

In April 2008, Carlyle’s founders asked Youngkin to step back from deal-making to focus on the firm’s broader strategy.[3][24] In 2009, the founders created a seven-person operating committee, chaired by Youngkin, which oversaw the non-deal, day-to-day operations of Carlyle.[24][25] In 2009 Youngkin also joined, along with Daniel Akerson, the firm’s executive committee, which had previously consisted solely of the three founders.[25][26]

When Carlyle’s chief financial officer Peter Nachtwey left suddenly in late 2010, Youngkin became interim CFO[27] until Adena Friedman was hired as CFO late March 2011.[28] In 2010, Youngkin joined the firm’s management committee.[29][24] Youngkin was chief operating officer of the Carlyle Group from March 2011 until June 2014.[30]

Youngkin played a major role in taking Carlyle public, supervising the initial public offering.[24][31][32][27][33][34]

In June 2014, he became co-president and co-chief operating officer with Michael J. Cavanagh, who joined the Carlyle Group from JPMorgan Chase.[35][36] Together they helped develop and implement the firm’s growth initiatives and managed the firm’s operations on a day-to-day basis.[37] Cavanagh left the firm in May 2015 to become CFO of Comcast, leaving Youngkin as president and COO of Carlyle.[38]

Co-CEO

In October 2017, the Carlyle Group announced that its founders would remain executive chairmen on the board of directors but step down as the day-to-day leaders of the firm; they named Youngkin and Kewsong Lee to succeed them, as co-CEOs, effective January 1, 2018.[3] As co-CEOs, Youngkin oversaw Carlyle’s real estate, energy, infrastructure businesses, and investment solutions businesses; Lee oversaw the firm’s corporate private equity and global credit businesses.[39][40] Youngkin and Lee also joined the firm’s board of directors when they became co-CEOs.[34]

During Youngkin and Lee’s tenure as co-CEOs, they oversaw the firm’s transition from a publicly traded partnership into a corporation.[41][42][43]

Bloomberg News described the co-CEO relationship as “awkward … and increasingly acrimonious” and Youngkin announced his retirement after 2 12 years.[33] In July 2020, Youngkin announced that he would retire from the Carlyle Group at the end of September 2020, stating his intention to focus on community and public service efforts.[44][41] In 2020, Youngkin and his wife founded a nonprofit, Virginia Ready Initiative, focusing on connecting unemployed people in the state with job-training programs and potential employers.[45][46][47][48]

2021 gubernatorial election

Final results by county and independent city:

Glenn Youngkin
  •   Youngkin—80–90%
  •   Youngkin—70–80%
  •   Youngkin—60–70%
  •   Youngkin—50–60%
  •   Youngkin—40–50%
  •   McAuliffe—50–60%
  •   McAuliffe—60–70%
  •   McAuliffe—70–80%
  •   McAuliffe—80–90%

In January 2021, Youngkin announced that he would seek the Republican Party of Virginia‘s nomination for governor of Virginia.[49][9] A first-time candidate, Youngkin’s personal wealth gave him the ability to self-fund his candidacy,[50][51] and he spent at least $5.5 million of his own money on his primary campaign.[52] Youngkin was endorsed by Ted Cruz during the primary; Cruz has described Youngkin as a close family friend.[53][54][55] Youngkin had previously donated to Cruz’s 2018 re-election campaign.[55]

Youngkin won the nomination at the party’s state convention on May 10, 2021, after multiple rounds of ranked-choice voting at 39 locations across the state. He defeated six other candidates.[52] All the Republican candidates, including Youngkin, stressed their support for Donald Trump and Trumpism, although other candidates for the nomination, such as state senator Amanda Chase, were the most vocally pro-Trump.[51][56] After winning the party’s nomination, Youngkin was endorsed by Trump.[56] Youngkin called the endorsement an “honor”[56] but sought to distance himself from some of Trump’s most ardent supporters.[57] The New York Times wrote in October that Youngkin had sought to localize the race.[58] Youngkin openly courted both Trump supporters and never-Trump voters.[59]

Youngkin faced the Democratic nominee, former governor Terry McAuliffe, in the general election. On July 12, 2021, Youngkin declined to face McAuliffe in the Virginia Bar Association debate, citing his objection to the moderator, Judy Woodruff, for a donation she made to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund in 2010. The VBA had held a gubernatorial debate every election year since 1985.[60] McAuliffe and Youngkin went on to debate two times during the campaign.[61][62]

According to PolitiFact, before the Republican convention, Youngkin “toed a delicate line when asked if Biden was legitimately elected. He acknowledged that Biden was president but would not clearly say whether he thought the president was fairly elected. After the convention, Youngkin began acknowledging that Biden’s election was legitimate.”[63] Amanda Chase, who has advanced conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, acted as a campaign surrogate for Youngkin,[64] and the Associated Press noted that Youngkin “failed to refute a conspiracy theory” about the 2020 election;[65] when asked at one of his rallies if Trump could be restored as president, Youngkin replied “I don’t know the particulars about how that can happen because what’s happening in the court system is moving slowly and it’s unclear.”[65][66][67]

Youngkin made a campaign appearance with Mike Pence in August,[68] and former Trump advisor Steve Bannon spoke in support of Youngkin at an October rally, which also featured a video appearance from Trump. Youngkin did not personally attend the October rally, although he thanked the host for holding it.[69][70] He later called it “weird and wrong” when that rally opened with attendees pledging allegiance to a flag that had flown, in the words of the event emcee, “at the peaceful rally with Donald J. Trump on Jan. 6.”[71]

When asked by Axios during the campaign whether he would have voted to certify Biden’s election had he been a member of Congress at the time, Youngkin initially refused to answer. A few days later, Youngkin’s campaign released a statement confirming that Youngkin would have voted to certify Biden’s election.[72] Youngkin continued to emphasize “election integrity” as a major campaign issue and has supported stricter voting laws, such as a photo ID requirement.[73][74]

During his second debate against McAuliffe, Youngkin asserted that McAuliffe had vetoed legislation that would have required schools to inform parents about sexually explicit content in educational materials.[75][76] McAuliffe defended his veto, saying: “‘I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision… I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach’”.[77][78][76] This quote was described by Politico as “a widely perceived gaffe that Republicans quickly pounced on”,[79] and Youngkin used it to create an attack ad.[80][81][82] Following the election, Newsweek cited polling data showing that McAuliffe’s comment on the veto had been “a major factor in the race”.[83]

The legislation discussed by Youngkin and McAuliffe during their debate exchange had originated when a conservative activist attempted to have the book Beloved by Toni Morrison removed from high school curriculums in Virginia. This activist was featured in an ad for Youngkin’s campaign, although the ad did not specify which book the activist had opposed or that her child had been a high school senior when the book was assigned.[84][85][86] Youngkin’s focus on the legislation, known as the “Beloved Bill”, was criticized by Virginia Democrats, who accused him of targeting a black author. Both McAuliffe and Richmond mayor Levar Stoney called Youngkin’s use of this issue “a racist dog whistle”.[84][85][87] Youngkin countered that some Virginia Democrats had voted for the bill.[85][87] NBC News wrote that Beloved “erupted as a flashpoint in the closing days of Virginia’s race for governor”,[87] and The Washington Post wrote shortly before the election that the book had “suddenly become the hottest topic” in the campaign.[84]

On November 2, 2021, Youngkin defeated McAuliffe, 50.58%-48.64%.[88] Before the 2021 elections, Republicans had not prevailed in a statewide race in Virginia since 2009.[89] Youngkin’s victory was attributed to a coalition of voters consisting of Trump supporters and suburban residents who had supported Joe Biden in 2020.[90][91]

Governor of Virginia (2022–present)

Inauguration

Youngkin was sworn in as governor of Virginia on January 15, 2022. He took office alongside his Republican ticket mates, Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears, the first woman of color elected to statewide office in Virginia, and Attorney General Jason Miyares, the first Latino elected to statewide office in the state.[92] The Washington Post called this ticket “historically diverse”[93] and reported that it was a sign of “inroads” made by the Republican Party “in the African American and Latino communities.”[94] Former Democratic Governor of Virginia Douglas Wilder commented after the election that Republicans had “one-upped” Democrats with the historic achievement, which, he said, showed that Democrats “can’t take the [Black] community for granted.”[94]

Youngkin was inaugurated two years into the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.[92] His first week in office coincided with the January 14–17, 2022 North American winter storm.[95][96] The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the morning before his inauguration, Youngkin participated in a community service project at the Reconciliation Statue along the Richmond Slave Trail in Shockoe Bottom.”[97] Later that night, an inauguration eve party was held for Youngkin at the Omni Richmond Hotel.[97] Another inauguration eve event for Youngkin was later held at the Science Museum of Virginia.[97][98] On the night of his inauguration, Youngkin held a celebratory event at the Richmond Main Street Station.[92][99]

The Associated Press characterized the address as one that carried “a tone of bipartisanship and optimism”.[98] while The Washington Post wrote that Youngkin’s inaugural address “delivered the blend of religious confidence and boardroom bravado that powered his victory”,[92] The Washington Post noted that Youngkin used the address to criticize modern politics as “too toxic”.[92] Both The Washington Post and NPR reported that Youngkin’s biggest applause was for a line about “removing politics from the classroom”.[92][100]

Day One executive actions

After his inauguration, Youngkin signed eleven executive actions. The first of these bans the teaching of what it calls “inherently divisive concepts” and identifies critical race theory as such a concept.[101][92][102] The Washington Post noted in its coverage of the action that critical race theory “has never been part of the state’s public school curriculum”.[92] The publication went on to note that although critical race theory specifically refers to “an academic framework that examines how policies and laws perpetuate systemic racism in the United States”, the term has been reappropriated by conservatives “as a catchall symbolizing schools’ equity and diversity work.”[102] In his executive order, Youngkin characterized critical race theory as “political indoctrination”.[101][103] His stance on this issue has been condemned by leaders of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus,[102][104][105] and according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch, has “alarmed many educators” in the state.[106] Youngkin’s critics, the publication wrote, view the banning of critical race theory as an attempt to “whitewash” history and “erase black history”.[106]

Two of the executive actions signed by Youngkin on his first day in office rescinded COVID-19 regulations that had been enacted by the previous administration; one of these actions rescinded the state’s mask mandate for public schools; the other rescinded the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all state employees. Additionally, one of Youngkin’s Day One executive orders called for a reevaluation of the workplace safety standards that had been adopted by the Northam administration as a protection against COVID-19.[101]

The other executive actions taken by Youngkin on his first day in office were devoted to firing and replacing the entire Virginia Parole Board, calling for the state’s Attorney General to investigate the handling of sexual assaults that had recently occurred in the Loudoun County public school system, initiating reviews of the state’s parole board, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, and the Virginia Employment Commission, creating commissions to combat antisemitism and human trafficking, ordering state agencies under Youngkin’s authority to reduce nonmandatory regulations by 25%, and calling for the state to withdraw from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.[101][107]

Two lawsuits have been brought against Youngkin’s executive order rescinding Virginia’s public school mask mandate. One of the lawsuits has been brought by a group of parents in the state and the other has been brought by seven of the state’s school boards.[108][109][110] The lawsuits argue that Youngkin’s executive order infringes upon local control given to Virginia school boards by the state constitution and is in violation of an existing state law requiring that Virginia public schools comply with CDCP health guidelines “to the maximum extent practicable”.[110][111] Youngkin has called on Virginia parents to cooperate with school principals while the lawsuits are ongoing.[108][110]

Political positions

Youngkin with Virginia’s Congressional delegation in December 2021

Youngkin with Maryland Governor Larry Hogan in January 2022

On The Issues, a non-partisan organization that tracks candidates’ positions, and is owned by Snopes, considers Youngkin to be a “Hard-Core Conservative” or “Right Conservative” Republican.[112] The Washington Post wrote that Youngkin “offered a moderate conservative platform, but also played into hot-button culture wars.”[113] While running in the Republican primary, Youngkin pledged to “stand up against all of the legislation that has been passed by the Democrats” and to be an opponent of abortion.[114] He describes himself as “pro-life” but says he supports legal access to abortion in cases of saving the pregnant patient’s life, rape, and incest.[115] Youngkin criticized the Texas Heartbeat Act, which bans most abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy, stating he instead favors a “pain threshold bill,” which occurs around twenty weeks.[116][117] Youngkin personally opposes same-sex marriage, but has said he would not interfere with the issue as governor.[118] In an interview with the Associated Press, he said that he considers same-sex marriage “legally acceptable” and that “as governor, [he] would support [legal same-sex marriage].”[119][120][121]

Throughout his primary campaign, Youngkin spoke out against gun legislation that Democrats had passed, including expanded background checks, handgun purchase limitations and red flag laws.[114] After winning the nomination, he de-emphasized these social issues, seeking to appeal to suburban swing voters.[114] In July, he was caught on a hot mic telling an activist that he would limit his comments about abortion during the campaign so that he would not alienate independent voters.[122][123] Also in July, the National Rifle Association (NRA) declined to endorse Youngkin after he declined to fill out their candidate survey.[124] In September, a Democratic-aligned group began running ads in conservative parts of Virginia, seeking to diminish Republican turnout by attacking his lack of an endorsement from the NRA.[125]

Climate change

Asked if he accepts the scientific consensus on the causes of climate change, Youngkin said he does not know what causes climate change and that the cause ultimately does not matter.[126] He supports climate change adaptation efforts such as building additional seawalls.[126][127] While running for governor, Youngkin said he would not have signed Virginia’s Clean Economy Act (which calls for Virginia’s carbon emissions to reach net zero by 2050) because he believes it would increase utility prices.[126] After becoming governor, Youngkin said he would take Virginia out of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a regional carbon cap-and-trade market.[128]

COVID-19

Youngkin supports the COVID-19 vaccine, but opposes mask and vaccine mandates.[129] On November 19, 2021, he said, “I want to make it clear. On day one, I will rescind the executive order mandating that government employees have to get a vaccine and have to wear a mask.” He also said he would rescind any mask requirements for school children.[130] On his first day in office, January 15, 2022, Youngkin followed through on rescinding those policies through a pair of executive actions.[101] His repeal of the state’s public school mask mandate has been challenged by two lawsuits contending that the repeal is in violation of state law and exceeds Youngkin’s constitutional authority.[108][110]

In his 2022 address to the General Assembly, Youngkin emphasized his position on the state’s vaccination efforts by stating, “Speaking to you as your governor, I’ll never tell you what you must do. But speaking to you as your neighbor and a friend, I strongly encourage you to get the vaccine.”[131]

Education

Youngkin’s education platform was identified as the centerpiece of his campaign by much of the national media.[132][133][134][135][136] The Youngkin campaign opposed protections for transgender students in Virginia public schools and was against what Youngkin characterized as the pervasive teaching of critical race theory in the state.[132][133][134][136] Politifact and PBS criticized these claims, saying they found no evidence that critical race theory was part of state curriculum standards and little evidence of it being taught in classrooms.[137][138] Youngkin sought to mobilize voters on the issue of education by holding Parents Matter rallies.[132][134] He also called for campus police to be stationed at every school in Virginia, following two sexual assaults in Loudoun County schools.[139][140] After winning the election, Youngkin directed the state’s Attorney General, Jason Miyares, to investigate the Loudoun County school system’s handling of those assaults.[101] According to Politico, Youngkin “hung his campaign on education”,[136] and The New York Times wrote that Youngkin’s campaign turned Virginia public schools into “a cultural war zone”.[134]

Youngkin’s first official action as governor was to sign an executive order banning Virginia schools from teaching critical race theory. The order also bans critical race theory from teacher diversity trainings and any other materials produced by the Virginia Department of Education.[100] The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that the executive order “targets…the EdEquityVa Initiative, a program aimed at promoting cultural competency in classrooms, higher teacher diversity, and decreasing suspension rates for Black students.”[106]

This same executive order cancels the Virginia Math Pathways Initiative,[102][141] a program that had been developed and proposed by the Northam administration in an effort to both close the racial achievement gap and better equip students with modern job skills.[142][143][144][145] Youngkin called the program a “left-wing takeover of public education”[141] and claimed that it would have eliminated advanced high school math classes. Publications such as The Washington Post, NPR, NBC 12, and The Virginian Pilot disputed Youngkin’s characterization of the program.[144][146][143][142] The Virginia Math Pathways Initiative would have prioritized data science and data analytics over calculus while still offering students the opportunity to enroll in calculus at an accelerated pace. Although education officials within the Northam administration explored the potential benefits of detracking students prior to the 11th grade, no plans to do so were ever adopted, and in April 2021, those officials explained that the Virginia Math Pathways Initiative was not designed to eliminate advanced math classes at any grade level.[142][144][146][145]

Youngkin and McAuliffe both campaigned on raising teacher salaries in Virginia.[147] Youngkin supports the expansion of charter schools in the state.[148]

Economy

During his campaign for governor, Youngkin frequently claimed that Virginia’s economy was “in the ditch”.[149] Some political scientists, such as Mark Rozell, considered this an unusual claim for Youngkin to make, since throughout the campaign, Virginia had low unemployment, a budget surplus, and a AAA bond rating. The state had also been rated that year by CNBC as the Top State for Business. Youngkin argued against the merits of the CNBC rating, claiming that it put too much emphasis on inclusivity and noting Virginia’s poor ratings in the “cost of living” and “cost of doing business” categories.[149]

The Washington Post noted that more than two months after winning the Republican nomination, Youngkin had “yet to disclose any formal economic plan.”[149] One of Youngkin’s main proposals at that stage of the race was an elimination of Virginia’s individual income tax.[149]

Youngkin supports eliminating the grocery tax, suspending the gas tax increase, offering a one-time rebate on income tax, doubling the standard deduction on income tax, cutting the retirement tax on veterans’ income, and implementing voter approval for any additional increase to local property taxes, which the Associated Press has called the “most wide-ranging and detailed” plan of his campaign.[150]

Personal life

Youngkin with his wife Suzanne in 2021

Youngkin lives in Great Falls, Virginia, with his wife Suzanne and their four children John, Grant, Anna and Thomas.[151] As of September 2021, he had an estimated net worth of $440 million;[152] he contributed $20 million of his own money to his race for governor.[153] As a college basketball player his height was listed as 6 feet 7 inches; he now gives his height as 6 feet 5 inches.[154][153]

Youngkin and his wife helped found Holy Trinity Church, which met initially in their basement in McLean, Virginia.[155][156] The Youngkins set up a private foundation which owns the property where the church stands and a farm in Middleburg, Virginia that serves as a Christian retreat.[153] Holy Trinity describes itself as a “non-denominational church with Anglican roots and a contemporary charismatic expression.”[157]

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The 2021 Virginia gubernatorial election will be held on November 2, 2021, to elect the next governor of Virginia. Incumbent Democratic Governor Ralph Northam is ineligible to run for reelection, as the Constitution of Virginia prohibits the officeholder from serving consecutive terms.

The Democratic Party selected its candidate in a primary election on June 8, 2021. The Republican Party held a convention on May 8, 2021, at 37 polling locations throughout the state. On May 10, businessman Glenn Youngkin was declared the Republican nominee. Former Governor Terry McAuliffe won the Democratic primary. Teacher Princess Blanding is running under the newly formed Liberation Party.

Glenn Younkin and Terry McAuliffe ran not only a tight race, but an expensive one. Some people online are calling Virginia’s gubernatorial election the most expensive in recent history.

So our VERIFY team dug into campaign finance data to find out.

THE QUESTION:

Did the candidates for Virginia governor raise more money in the 2021 election, than in recent state races?

THE SOURCES:

THE ANSWER:

 

This is true.

Yes, the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial race was the most expensive in recent state history.

WHAT WE FOUND:

Candidates in Virginia are required to submit periodic reports of campaign contribution and expenditure data to the Virginia Department of Elections.

Our VERIFY researchers turned to those reports, which are publicly available online, and found that Glenn Youngkin and Terry McAuliffe raised a combined $115 million in campaign contributions; each raised about $57 million a piece.

Lieutenant Governor candidates Winsome Sears and Hala Ayala brought in, $2.5 million and $6.4 million respectively.

We also turned to Open Secrets, a political finance watchdog group, which tabulated the total amount raised by all candidates running for governor or lieutenant governor (including those that lost primaries, etc.). They found that as of the latest filing in mid-October, the total amount acquired by all campaigns was just under $149 million.

Youngkin wins major upset as GOP roars back in Virginia
Virginia Mercury, Graham Moomaw and Ned OliverNovember 3, 2021 (Medium)

Republican Glenn Youngkin narrowly defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Tuesday’s election for governor, a major upset on a night that saw the Virginia GOP make sweeping gains after a nearly decade-long losing streak in statewide elections. Several news outlets called the race for Youngkin shortly after 12:30 a.m.

Republicans Winsome Sears and Jason Miyares also held leads over their opponents in the races for lieutenant governor and attorney general and the GOP appeared on pace to take the House of Delegates, where they lost their majority just two years ago, according to preliminary results.  The GOP appears to have captured 52 seats, obliterating Democrats’ 55-45 majority.

Youngkin, a Northern Virginia businessman few had heard of a year ago, seized on parents’ various frustrations over K-12 schools, including hyping the incursion of “critical race theory” to overtake McAuliffe, a well-connected former governor who sought to win a second term largely by stoking fears about the lingering presence of former President Donald Trump.

Speaking to a crowd of supporters at a hotel in Chantilly, Youngkin said his victory is a defining moment in Virginia politics.

“Together we will change the trajectory of this commonwealth, and friends, we are going to start that transformation on day one,” he said. “Our kids can’t wait. We work in real-people time, not government time.”

Youngkin pledged to invest in education, including promting school choice, and “reestablish excellence in our schools.”

He hit on campaign promises to eliminate the grocery tax, cut taxes on retirement income of Virginia’s veterans and raise salaries for police as well protecting qualified immunity, which critics contend protects law enforcement from consequences of misconduct and abuse.

“This is our Virginia to build together, and we are going to work on day one,” he said. “Together we can build a new day, a new day for Virginia for yes, we soar, and we never settle.”

Cheat sheet: Youngkin and McAuliffe on the issues
Virginia Mercury, Ned Oliver, Kate Masters, Graham Moomaw, and Sarah VogelsongNovember 1, 2021 (Medium)

As the race for governor comes to a close, here’s a look back at the stances Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin have staked out on major policy issues.

Education

Public education has become the dominant issue of Virginia’s gubernatorial race. But in the last weeks of the campaign, both candidates have focused less on funding formulas and school construction — some of the most pressing needs facing schools across the commonwealth — and more on controversial literature and other cultural flashpoints.

First, the basics. At the start of his campaign, McAuliffe released a six-page plan pledging “the largest increase in education investment in the history of Virginia.” He’s promised more funding to raise teacher salaries above the national average, expand access to preschool and fully adopt the Standards of Quality recommended by the Virginia Board of Education — guidance for staffing ratios, class size and other school resources.

Youngkin’s “Day One” plan offers less detail, but he’s committed to building at least 20 charter schools across Virginia to “provide choice” to parents. He’s also called for every school in the state to place a law enforcement officer on campus or lose out on state funding.

In tight Virginia governor’s race, policy takes backseat to culture wars
Virginia Mercury, Graham MoomawOctober 28, 2021 (Long)

Donald Hillard, a 49-year-old retired military veteran, says he identifies as a Republican and voted for George W. Bush twice. But he was never on board with the “madness” of former President Donald Trump. And it’s the lingering specter of Trumpism on the right that led him to vote for Virginia’s Democratic ticket this year.

“I disagree with how they’re allowing this stuff with Trump to just fester and keep going on. The whole election fraud stuff. It’s garbage. It’s over with,” Hillard said. “The people that are running that are Republicans still want to institute his policies. And they want to find a way to get this guy back in there.”

Wes Williams, a 44-year-old truck driver who said he voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 but switched to Trump in 2020, said he voted for the Republican ticket this year out of opposition to a “crazy” Democratic agenda he sees as increasingly detached from common sense. He pointed specifically to a recent controversy in Loudoun County, where school officials are under fire for allegedly mishandling a female student’s report of a sexual assault in a high-school bathroom during a politically contentious local debate over transgender-inclusive bathroom policies.

“Screw safety. We’re worried about feelings,” Williams said of the mindset he sees in Loudoun. “Life doesn’t work that way.”

The two men were echoing both major parties’ closing arguments as they cast ballots early in Chesterfield County outside Richmond, the type of suburban battleground that could decide the closely watched gubernatorial contest between Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a former governor and prodigious political fundraiser, and Republican Glenn Youngkin, a wealthy former private equity executive making his first run for office.

Recent polls have shown the race in a statistical dead heat, giving Republicans hope Youngkin could be the candidate to break their decade-long losing streak and flip the state red, despite the party’s steep numerical disadvantages in deep-blue Northern Virginia.

McAuliffe and Youngkin are in a dead heat with one week to Virginia governor election, poll shows
USA Today, Phillip M. Bailey and David JacksonOctober 26, 2021 (Medium)

Virginia’s bellwether race for governor remains close in the final stretch of a campaign that is testing President Joe Biden’s sagging approval numbers going into the 2022 midterms.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are tied at roughly 45% each, according to a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll released Tuesday. But roughly 5% of likely voters say they are still undecided a week before the Nov. 2 vote.

David Paleologos, director of Suffolk University Political Research Center, said the race is simply a “dead heat” and will boil down to which party can get out its voters.

“It’s down to turnout,” Paleologos said.

The race is much closer than Democrats had hoped after winning two straight Virginia governor’s races, including a victory by McAuliffe in 2013, and Biden carrying the state by 10 percentage points over Donald Trump last year.

The neck-and-neck race for Virginia governor has entered its final week, with Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin nationalizing their campaigns in markedly different ways.

For McAuliffe, a steady stream of high-profile Democratic surrogates has turned the race into a referendum about the past eight years of Democratic leadership in the commonwealth as well as the first year of President Joe Biden’s term. Biden will make his second trip across the Potomac River to rally support for McAuliffe on Tuesday evening in Arlington, following a July visit there to boost McAuliffe after the former governor clinched the Democratic nomination.

McAuliffe is closing the campaign much like he opened it: by looking to tie Youngkin to former President Donald Trump.

“There could not be a more stark difference” in the race, McAuliffe said Sunday in Charlottesville. “I am running against someone who has been endorsed by Donald Trump, not once, not twice, not three times, not four times, not five times — six times endorsed by Donald Trump.”

For Youngkin, the push to nationalize the race has not come in the form of top Republican surrogates — the candidate has largely campaigned on his own and has been careful about how he has related himself to Trump. Instead, he has made the case in his stump speech, repeatedly telling Virginians that the race is about more than just their commonwealth.

“Our nation’s future rests in Virginia’s present,” the businessman and political newcomer told an audience in Henrico on Saturday. “All eyes are on Virginia.”

Poll: McAuliffe, Youngkin tied in Virginia governor's race
Politico, Zach MontellaroOctober 20, 2021 (Medium)

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are deadlocked in the state’s governor’s race, according to a new poll from Monmouth University, as the Republican gains in the closing weeks of the race.

The poll shows both men with 46 percent support among registered voters. McAuliffe has lost ground since the last poll from the university in September, in which he held a narrow, 5-point lead. Two percent of voters prefer another candidate, and 7 percent are undecided.

Various modeling of the potential electorate from the pollster found anywhere from a 3-point lead for the former governor to a 3-point lead for Youngkin, a first-time candidate and private equity executive, the first time he has had a lead in any of Monmouth’s modeling in the state.

The two men have seen their support flip among independent voters. Youngkin leads 48 percent to 39 percent in this month’s poll, compared to a 46 percent to 37 percent lead for McAuliffe in the September poll. Notably, McAuliffe’s lead among women has shrunk from a 14-point lead last month, down to a 4-point lead in the poll now.

“Suburban women, especially in Northern Virginia, have been crucial to the sizable victories Democrats have enjoyed in the commonwealth since 2017,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, in a release accompanying the poll.

“However, their support is not registering at the same level this time around,” he continued. “This is due partly to a shift in key issues important to these voters and partly to dampened enthusiasm among the party faithful.”

Big Virginia abortion test: Can it energize Democratic base?
Associated Press, Will Weissert and Lindsay WhitehurstOctober 19, 2021 (Medium)

HENRICO, Va. (AP) — When Planned Parenthood canvassers stopped by Megan Ortiz’s house, the 32-year-old therapist was getting ready to head out and too distracted to talk for long.

But after they left, she thought better of it. She jumped in her minivan and drove the streets of her suburban Richmond neighborhood until she tracked down the canvassers. “I want to volunteer for you!” she proclaimed, eliciting cheers.

What changed her mind? Texas, she said.

“It’s just really scary, ” Ortiz said, of the state’s new law that bans most abortion. “It’s important that women’s voices be heard.”

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has spent months trying to get Virginia voters to focus on abortion, part of his effort to drive the Democratic turnout he needs to win the state’s closely watched governor’s race. Pointing to the Texas law, and with a majority-conservative Supreme Court taking up a case that could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, McAuliffe and his allies argue that the issue may matter more now than at any previous time in a half century.

But breaking through to Democratic voters who are weary of politics in general and more focused on the pandemic, the fragile economy and other issues has been a struggle. McAuliffe’s battle with Republican former business executive Glenn Youngkin appears headed to the wire, even in Virginia, where Republicans have not won statewide office in 12 years and women, especially those in the suburbs, have turned away from the GOP in droves during the Trump administration.

McAuliffe v. Youngkin: the numbers beneath candidates’ job, economy claims
Virginia Mercury, Peter GaluszkaOctober 18, 2021 (Medium)

In a hotly contested gubernatorial race, few issues have been depicted in such stark contrast by the campaigns as jobs creation and Virginia’s business climate.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who was governor from 2014 to 2018,  paints himself as the jobs guy. He claims that during his term he helped create 200,000 jobs, raised personal income by 14 percent and cut unemployment to 3.3 percent.

His campaign staff says he intends to defeat COVID-19, create more good-paying jobs, including ones in clean energy, and raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Republican Glenn Youngkin has a far gloomier view.  “Virginia has had zero job growth from the day Terry McAuliffe took office until the end of 2020,” Youngkin wrote in an email to the Mercury. The former co-CEO of the large private equity firm Carlyle Group claims that Virginia has few job opportunities and more than 500,000 Virginians have left for work in other states.

So who’s right? It depends on which economist you ask.

Neither candidate’s statements reflect Virginia’s dependence upon federal spending, especially the military, which is beyond the authority of any governor.

Jill Biden headlines Democratic rally in Henrico
Virginia Mercury, Jackie Llanos HernandezOctober 15, 2021 (Medium)

With polls showing a tight race between former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and GOP challenger Glenn Youngkin, first lady Jill Biden stumped for McAuliffe in Henrico, one of several high profile Democrats scheduled to campaign in Virginia between now and Election Day.

At Dorey Park Friday night, Biden vouched for McAuliffe’s ability to lead in a bipartisan way.

“He knows how to bring people together because that’s the only way to get things done,” she said. “So today, Virginia, I’m asking you to vote for Terry McAuliffe and the Democrats on the ballot.”

Less than a minute into her remarks, a group of protesters holding a sign that said “Reject pipelines and protect the future” interrupted the first lady’s speech. Other attendees chanted “Terry” in response while Biden tried to continue speaking.

Once the protesters had left, Biden said that she “loved democracy” and carried on with highlighting McAuliffe’s past accomplishments as governor, citing investments in education and transportation and the drop in unemployment rate.

“I love the energy of this crowd,” Biden said. “When you’re around, it’s impossible not to feel optimistic.”

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has admitted President Joe Biden’s political woes drag on his gubernatorial campaign. But they pale against the shockwaves that would rip through the White House if he loses his race next month at a perilous time for the party in Washington.

If Republican Glenn Youngkin triumphs in a margin-of-error tussle in the commonwealth, already alarmed Democrats would tip into full-on panic about next year’s midterms, when their party faces a historical disadvantage as the party in the White House. The devastating blow would swell doubts about Biden’s own political authority and capacity to drive an endangered agenda through Congress with a spending and debt cliff looming in December. And Youngkin, a wealthy former private equity executive, would trigger an inquest among Democrats over whether tarring GOP candidates with the polarizing aura of Donald Trump — as McAuliffe has done incessantly — will be quite so potent when they’re not running in deep blue states like California and when the ex-President is not on the ballot.

On CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, the once and possible future Virginia governor tried to explain why the race is so close in a state where Biden thrashed Trump by 10 points only 11 months ago.

“This is an off-off-year. If you look at the history of Virginia, it’s not a presidential year turnout. Turnouts go from like 70 percent down to somewhere in the 40s,” said McAuliffe, who won a close gubernatorial election in 2013, a year that followed a Democratic White House win. “Listen, we’re going to win this race because I’m right on the issues,” McAuliffe told Dana Bash.

Pundits sometimes over-interpret individual races, trying to extrapolate from them the results of future elections elsewhere while ignoring their idiosyncrasies. But a Democratic defeat in what has become a reliably blue state over the last decade would be impossible to ignore and would cause political headaches for Democrats that reach beyond the Biden presidency. Republicans have struggled in recent years to balance the increasingly populist and nationalist leanings of the pro-Trump base with a need to appeal to highly educated, affluent voters in the suburbs. The task is especially hard in the Northern Virginia suburbs around Washington, DC, which teem with federal workers and highly educated and affluent voters. But if Youngkin can thread the needle, the wider political world will take note.

“Every gubernatorial election in Virginia is seen as a leading political indicator. How the parties do in Virginia’s governor’s race, the year after a presidential election, is seen as a harbinger of how the parties will do in the midterm elections,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at University of Mary Washington in Virginia.

Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin wasted no time turning a comment made by his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, into an attack ad aimed at invigorating base GOP voters and parents.

The moment came during the second and final debate between the two late last month. “I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision,” McAuliffe said over what should be taught in schools. The former governor later added, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
The comments, after getting considerable pick up within conservative media, quickly became a Youngkin ad and have already become a staple of Youngkin’s pitch in the closing weeks of the race to lead the Commonwealth.
“If you had any doubt — any doubt whatsoever — about Terry McAuliffe’s principles, he laid them bare last week when he said, he said parents do not have a right to be involved in their kid’s education,” Youngkin said earlier this month.
His campaign hopes it will serve as a rallying cry that could harness the recent Republican focus on education issues, ranging from what should be taught in public schools to issues around transgender students. But the ultimate goal is to cut into McAuliffe’s support with swing voters in key areas like the vote-rich Northern Virginia suburbs near Washington, DC.
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Democratic former Gov. Terry McAuliffe lambasted Republican Glenn Youngkin on Tuesday night over his opposition to mandating Covid-19 vaccines for state workers in the second and final debate of the Virginia governor’s race.

The candidates’ split on vaccines — McAuliffe would require them for students, teachers and health care workers and would support businesses that imposed mandates; Youngkin says he encourages everyone to be vaccinated but opposes mandates — has emerged as a central issue in 2021’s marquee governor’s race.

“He’s going to send a child to a school where a teacher’s not wearing a mask and a teacher’s not vaccinated? That is disqualifying to be governor,” McAuliffe said.

Youngkin, meanwhile, maintained that McAuliffe’s characterization of his stance on vaccines is “the most egregious untruth my opponent continues to say about me.”

“I’ve gotten the vaccine; my family has gotten the vaccine. It’s the best way for people to keep themselves safe. And I in fact have asked everyone in Virginia to please get the vaccine. But I don’t think we should mandate it,” Youngkin said.

He said he does not want to run teachers and health care workers who oppose being vaccinated out of their jobs. “We need those health care workers. We need people on the job. To make their life difficult, that’s no way to go serve Virginians,” he said.

Why Democrats should be worried about Virginia's governor's race
CNN, Harry EntenSeptember 25, 2021 (Medium)

(CNN)The state of Virginia is about to provide the clearest preview of what’s to come in the 2022 election. Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin will face off in a marquee gubernatorial race in November. At the same time, all 100 seats in the state’s House of Delegates are up for grabs.

The outcome of these races will help tell us whether the rising Democratic coalition of African Americans and White voters with a college degree is providing the backstop they need to stop a red Republican wave.
Right now, Democrats have to be worried about what they’re seeing in the polls. President Joe Biden took the state by 10 points last year. But recently, his approval rating in numerous recent surveys has sunk below his disapproval rating, just as it has nationally.
Biden’s declining fortunes has coincided with Youngkin rising in these same polls. Although McAuliffe holds on to a nominal lead, this race is well within the margin of error.
This is notable for a number of reasons.
We know that what happens in Virginia rarely stays in Virginia. Virginia has proven to be a good barometer of midterm elections.
As Youngkin rejects Texas-style ban, GOP ticket steers clear of anti-abortion rally in Richmond
Virginia Mercury, GRAHAM MOOMAW AND JACKIE LLANOS HERNANDEZSeptember 18, 2021 (Medium)

If it didn’t count as a banned weapon, she would have brought her sledgehammer, anti-abortion activist Victoria Cobb told the March for Life crowd Friday from the steps of the Virginia Capitol.

The hammer, she said, is a symbol of what the pro-life movement hopes to do to former Gov. Terry McAulffe’s “brick wall” for abortion rights.

“You are going to break down that wall,” Cobb, president of the socially conservative Family Foundation, told the group gathered on Capitol Square. “You are going to be the ones that do whatever it takes.”

Legal developments outside Virginia have pushed abortion to the forefront of this year’s elections, with activists on both sides stressing the high stakes in the gubernatorial contest between McAuliffe, a Democrat, and Republican Glenn Youngkin.

Three Republican lawmakers spoke at the third annual March for Life in Richmond, where marchers shouted chants against the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established abortion as a constitutional right and booed at the mention of recent Democratic governors. The Family Foundation described the crowd as being in the thousands. Capitol Police estimated there were 600 attendees.

None of the three Republicans running for statewide office this year spoke at the event, forgoing a chance to speak to a sizable crowd to campaign elsewhere. Earlier this year, Youngkin was caught on camera expressing sympathy for the anti-abortion cause but adding he couldn’t press the issue to avoid turning off independent voters.

Virginia governor's race: Key takeaways from the 1st debate
Associated Press, Sarah RankinSeptember 17, 2021 (Medium)

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin met Thursday in southwest Virginia for the commonwealth’s first gubernatorial debate of the general election season.

Much of the exchange between McAuliffe, a longtime Democratic Party fundraiser who is seeking a rare second term as governor, and Youngkin, a former business executive and political newcomer, dealt with vaccine mandates and abortion policy.

Here is a look at some other topics the candidates sparred over during the hourlong debate in a race that is being closely watched ahead of next year’s midterms:

Virginia's First Gubernatorial Debate
WUSA9September 16, 2021
Youngkin lends millions more to his gubernatorial campaign
Associated Press, MATTHEW BARAKATSeptember 16, 2021 (Medium)

Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin each raised more than $11 million in the last two months, but Youngkin loaned his campaign an additional $4.5 million to give himself a significant advantage, according to the most recent campaign-finance reports.

The $4.5 million Youngkin, a GOP businessman making his first run for office, loaned his campaign is on top of $11.2 million he had already lent.

McAuliffe and other Democrats have long expressed fears that Youngkin, who made his fortune as an executive with The Carlyle Group investment firm, will be able to use his personal wealth to give his campaign an edge.

The reports, which were due Wednesday, cover the months of July and August. McAuliffe raised $11.5 million. Youngkin raised $11.2 million, not including the $4.5 million loan.

Takeaways from the first debate in Virginia’s governor’s race between McAuliffe and Youngkin
ABC 8 News, Dean Mirshahi, Jackie DeFuscoSeptember 16, 2021 (Short)

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin sparred over COVID-19 vaccine mandates, abortion rights, tax policy and more during the first debate of Virginia’s governor’s race on Thursday night.

A new 8News/Emerson College poll released ahead of the debate showed the candidates are neck and neck.

On the night before early voting for the November 2 election begins in Virginia, the candidates made their key differences clear on the debate stage.

Thursday’s debate, which was held at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, was moderated by Susan Page, the Washington bureau chief of USA Today, with panelists Bob Holsworth, a Virginia political analyst, and WTVR-TV anchor Candace Burns.

McAuliffe and Youngkin spar over Covid vaccine requirements in first Virginia debate
Dan Merica and Michael WarrenSeptember 16, 2021 (Short)

(CNN)Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin sparred on Thursday over what each would do in the fight against the coronavirus, revealing a significant divide between the Democrat’s backing of vaccine mandates and the Republican’s argument that vaccination is a personal choice.

The fight over measures to combat Covid-19 was the focus of the first gubernatorial debate from the outset of the contest, with both candidates attempting to go on offense on the issue during the event hosted by Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia.
Youngkin argued that while he personally supports the Covid vaccine and wants everyone to get the shot, he believes “that individuals should be allowed to make that decision on their own.” He also pushed for McAuliffe to join him in taping a public service announcement to “encourage all the Virginians to get the vaccine.”
Pressed on whether he, as governor, would join his Republican colleagues and challenge President Joe Biden’s recent vaccine mandates, Youngkin did not give a direct “yes” or “no” answer, but said, “I don’t believe that President Biden has the authority to dictate to everyone that we have … to get the vaccine.” Biden announced earlier this month a series of new vaccine rules on federal workers, large employers and health care staff.
McAuliffe, a former governor of Virginia, fired back, calling Youngkin anti-vaccine and saying that he, as governor, would back up employers who mandate vaccines and would call for such mandates for people working in health care and in most education settings and for those pursuing higher education. The Democrat also said, after being pressed by moderator Susan Page, that he would support adding the Covid vaccine to those required for students older than 12, since the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized use of the vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds.
“I am for requiring, mandate vaccinations. He’s not,” said McAuliffe, who is running for a second stint in office in a commonwealth that bars governors from serving successive terms. “He wants to do PSAs. PSAs aren’t going to get you anything. I want everybody to be vaccinated here in the commonwealth of Virginia.”

California’s recall election has understandably dominated headlines, but there are two other gubernatorial elections this November that might tell us more about the national environment: Virginia and New Jersey.

To be sure, President Joe Biden carried both of these states by double-digit margins in 2020, and neither state has been terribly hospitable to Republicans since former President Trump won the 2016 election. But in recent weeks, Biden’s approval rating has taken a sizable hit as the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated and the delta variant of COVID-19 has complicated his efforts to steer the country out of the pandemic. In fact, Biden’s approval rating has fallen to about its lowest point (about 46 percent), while his disapproval rating is up to 49 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight’s presidential approval tracker. The upshot is that Biden’s worsening ratings could improve the GOP’s chances of winning these gubernatorial races, particularly in Virginia, which is a more competitive state than New Jersey and doesn’t have an incumbent seeking reelection. Here is the state of play in these two elections a little less than two months before November:

McAuliffe holds narrow lead in Virginia as Democrats face enthusiasm test
Politico, Zach MontellaroAugust 31, 2021 (Short)

A new Monmouth University poll shows the former Democratic governor slightly ahead of his GOP opponent, Glenn Youngkin.

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe holds a narrow lead in this year’s race for his old job, according to a new poll released on Tuesday, setting up the November election as a major test of Democratic voters’ enthusiasm without Donald Trump in the White House.

The poll from Monmouth University found McAuliffe leading Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin, 47 percent to 42 percent among registered voters.

Monmouth ran a series of turnout scenarios and found that Youngkin did better when more irregular voters were included. And broadly, the Republican overperformed the former governor among voters who described themselves as “more enthusiastic” about this race compared to past gubernatorial contests, roughly a quarter of the electorate.

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Polling Data

PollDateSampleMoE
McAuliffe (D)
Youngkin (R)
Spread
RCP Average8/3 – 8/2946.040.8McAuliffe +5.2
Trafalgar Group (R)8/26 – 8/291074 LV3.04746McAuliffe +1
Monmouth8/24 – 8/29802 RV3.54742McAuliffe +5
Christopher Newport Univ.*8/15 – 8/23800 LV3.65041McAuliffe +9
Roanoke College8/3 – 8/17558 LV4.24638McAuliffe +8
VCU8/4 – 8/15770 RV5.24037McAuliffe +3

All Virginia Governor – Youngkin vs. McAuliffe Polling Data

Summary

The 2021 Virginia gubernatorial election will be held on November 2, 2021, to elect the next governor of Virginia. Incumbent Democratic Governor Ralph Northam is ineligible to run for reelection, as the Constitution of Virginia prohibits the officeholder from serving consecutive terms.

The Democratic Party selected its candidate in a primary election on June 8, 2021. The Republican Party held a convention on May 8, 2021, at 37 polling locations throughout the state. On May 10, businessman Glenn Youngkin was declared the Republican nominee. Former Governor Terry McAuliffe won the Democratic primary. Teacher Princess Blanding is running under the newly formed Liberation Party.

News & Events

Glenn Younkin and Terry McAuliffe ran not only a tight race, but an expensive one. Some people online are calling Virginia’s gubernatorial election the most expensive in recent history.

So our VERIFY team dug into campaign finance data to find out.

THE QUESTION:

Did the candidates for Virginia governor raise more money in the 2021 election, than in recent state races?

THE SOURCES:

THE ANSWER:

 

This is true.

Yes, the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial race was the most expensive in recent state history.

WHAT WE FOUND:

Candidates in Virginia are required to submit periodic reports of campaign contribution and expenditure data to the Virginia Department of Elections.

Our VERIFY researchers turned to those reports, which are publicly available online, and found that Glenn Youngkin and Terry McAuliffe raised a combined $115 million in campaign contributions; each raised about $57 million a piece.

Lieutenant Governor candidates Winsome Sears and Hala Ayala brought in, $2.5 million and $6.4 million respectively.

We also turned to Open Secrets, a political finance watchdog group, which tabulated the total amount raised by all candidates running for governor or lieutenant governor (including those that lost primaries, etc.). They found that as of the latest filing in mid-October, the total amount acquired by all campaigns was just under $149 million.

Youngkin wins major upset as GOP roars back in Virginia
Virginia Mercury, Graham Moomaw and Ned OliverNovember 3, 2021 (Medium)

Republican Glenn Youngkin narrowly defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Tuesday’s election for governor, a major upset on a night that saw the Virginia GOP make sweeping gains after a nearly decade-long losing streak in statewide elections. Several news outlets called the race for Youngkin shortly after 12:30 a.m.

Republicans Winsome Sears and Jason Miyares also held leads over their opponents in the races for lieutenant governor and attorney general and the GOP appeared on pace to take the House of Delegates, where they lost their majority just two years ago, according to preliminary results.  The GOP appears to have captured 52 seats, obliterating Democrats’ 55-45 majority.

Youngkin, a Northern Virginia businessman few had heard of a year ago, seized on parents’ various frustrations over K-12 schools, including hyping the incursion of “critical race theory” to overtake McAuliffe, a well-connected former governor who sought to win a second term largely by stoking fears about the lingering presence of former President Donald Trump.

Speaking to a crowd of supporters at a hotel in Chantilly, Youngkin said his victory is a defining moment in Virginia politics.

“Together we will change the trajectory of this commonwealth, and friends, we are going to start that transformation on day one,” he said. “Our kids can’t wait. We work in real-people time, not government time.”

Youngkin pledged to invest in education, including promting school choice, and “reestablish excellence in our schools.”

He hit on campaign promises to eliminate the grocery tax, cut taxes on retirement income of Virginia’s veterans and raise salaries for police as well protecting qualified immunity, which critics contend protects law enforcement from consequences of misconduct and abuse.

“This is our Virginia to build together, and we are going to work on day one,” he said. “Together we can build a new day, a new day for Virginia for yes, we soar, and we never settle.”

Cheat sheet: Youngkin and McAuliffe on the issues
Virginia Mercury, Ned Oliver, Kate Masters, Graham Moomaw, and Sarah VogelsongNovember 1, 2021 (Medium)

As the race for governor comes to a close, here’s a look back at the stances Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin have staked out on major policy issues.

Education

Public education has become the dominant issue of Virginia’s gubernatorial race. But in the last weeks of the campaign, both candidates have focused less on funding formulas and school construction — some of the most pressing needs facing schools across the commonwealth — and more on controversial literature and other cultural flashpoints.

First, the basics. At the start of his campaign, McAuliffe released a six-page plan pledging “the largest increase in education investment in the history of Virginia.” He’s promised more funding to raise teacher salaries above the national average, expand access to preschool and fully adopt the Standards of Quality recommended by the Virginia Board of Education — guidance for staffing ratios, class size and other school resources.

Youngkin’s “Day One” plan offers less detail, but he’s committed to building at least 20 charter schools across Virginia to “provide choice” to parents. He’s also called for every school in the state to place a law enforcement officer on campus or lose out on state funding.

In tight Virginia governor’s race, policy takes backseat to culture wars
Virginia Mercury, Graham MoomawOctober 28, 2021 (Long)

Donald Hillard, a 49-year-old retired military veteran, says he identifies as a Republican and voted for George W. Bush twice. But he was never on board with the “madness” of former President Donald Trump. And it’s the lingering specter of Trumpism on the right that led him to vote for Virginia’s Democratic ticket this year.

“I disagree with how they’re allowing this stuff with Trump to just fester and keep going on. The whole election fraud stuff. It’s garbage. It’s over with,” Hillard said. “The people that are running that are Republicans still want to institute his policies. And they want to find a way to get this guy back in there.”

Wes Williams, a 44-year-old truck driver who said he voted for Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016 but switched to Trump in 2020, said he voted for the Republican ticket this year out of opposition to a “crazy” Democratic agenda he sees as increasingly detached from common sense. He pointed specifically to a recent controversy in Loudoun County, where school officials are under fire for allegedly mishandling a female student’s report of a sexual assault in a high-school bathroom during a politically contentious local debate over transgender-inclusive bathroom policies.

“Screw safety. We’re worried about feelings,” Williams said of the mindset he sees in Loudoun. “Life doesn’t work that way.”

The two men were echoing both major parties’ closing arguments as they cast ballots early in Chesterfield County outside Richmond, the type of suburban battleground that could decide the closely watched gubernatorial contest between Democrat Terry McAuliffe, a former governor and prodigious political fundraiser, and Republican Glenn Youngkin, a wealthy former private equity executive making his first run for office.

Recent polls have shown the race in a statistical dead heat, giving Republicans hope Youngkin could be the candidate to break their decade-long losing streak and flip the state red, despite the party’s steep numerical disadvantages in deep-blue Northern Virginia.

McAuliffe and Youngkin are in a dead heat with one week to Virginia governor election, poll shows
USA Today, Phillip M. Bailey and David JacksonOctober 26, 2021 (Medium)

Virginia’s bellwether race for governor remains close in the final stretch of a campaign that is testing President Joe Biden’s sagging approval numbers going into the 2022 midterms.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are tied at roughly 45% each, according to a USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll released Tuesday. But roughly 5% of likely voters say they are still undecided a week before the Nov. 2 vote.

David Paleologos, director of Suffolk University Political Research Center, said the race is simply a “dead heat” and will boil down to which party can get out its voters.

“It’s down to turnout,” Paleologos said.

The race is much closer than Democrats had hoped after winning two straight Virginia governor’s races, including a victory by McAuliffe in 2013, and Biden carrying the state by 10 percentage points over Donald Trump last year.

The neck-and-neck race for Virginia governor has entered its final week, with Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin nationalizing their campaigns in markedly different ways.

For McAuliffe, a steady stream of high-profile Democratic surrogates has turned the race into a referendum about the past eight years of Democratic leadership in the commonwealth as well as the first year of President Joe Biden’s term. Biden will make his second trip across the Potomac River to rally support for McAuliffe on Tuesday evening in Arlington, following a July visit there to boost McAuliffe after the former governor clinched the Democratic nomination.

McAuliffe is closing the campaign much like he opened it: by looking to tie Youngkin to former President Donald Trump.

“There could not be a more stark difference” in the race, McAuliffe said Sunday in Charlottesville. “I am running against someone who has been endorsed by Donald Trump, not once, not twice, not three times, not four times, not five times — six times endorsed by Donald Trump.”

For Youngkin, the push to nationalize the race has not come in the form of top Republican surrogates — the candidate has largely campaigned on his own and has been careful about how he has related himself to Trump. Instead, he has made the case in his stump speech, repeatedly telling Virginians that the race is about more than just their commonwealth.

“Our nation’s future rests in Virginia’s present,” the businessman and political newcomer told an audience in Henrico on Saturday. “All eyes are on Virginia.”

Poll: McAuliffe, Youngkin tied in Virginia governor’s race
Politico, Zach MontellaroOctober 20, 2021 (Medium)

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are deadlocked in the state’s governor’s race, according to a new poll from Monmouth University, as the Republican gains in the closing weeks of the race.

The poll shows both men with 46 percent support among registered voters. McAuliffe has lost ground since the last poll from the university in September, in which he held a narrow, 5-point lead. Two percent of voters prefer another candidate, and 7 percent are undecided.

Various modeling of the potential electorate from the pollster found anywhere from a 3-point lead for the former governor to a 3-point lead for Youngkin, a first-time candidate and private equity executive, the first time he has had a lead in any of Monmouth’s modeling in the state.

The two men have seen their support flip among independent voters. Youngkin leads 48 percent to 39 percent in this month’s poll, compared to a 46 percent to 37 percent lead for McAuliffe in the September poll. Notably, McAuliffe’s lead among women has shrunk from a 14-point lead last month, down to a 4-point lead in the poll now.

“Suburban women, especially in Northern Virginia, have been crucial to the sizable victories Democrats have enjoyed in the commonwealth since 2017,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth University Polling Institute, in a release accompanying the poll.

“However, their support is not registering at the same level this time around,” he continued. “This is due partly to a shift in key issues important to these voters and partly to dampened enthusiasm among the party faithful.”

Big Virginia abortion test: Can it energize Democratic base?
Associated Press, Will Weissert and Lindsay WhitehurstOctober 19, 2021 (Medium)

HENRICO, Va. (AP) — When Planned Parenthood canvassers stopped by Megan Ortiz’s house, the 32-year-old therapist was getting ready to head out and too distracted to talk for long.

But after they left, she thought better of it. She jumped in her minivan and drove the streets of her suburban Richmond neighborhood until she tracked down the canvassers. “I want to volunteer for you!” she proclaimed, eliciting cheers.

What changed her mind? Texas, she said.

“It’s just really scary, ” Ortiz said, of the state’s new law that bans most abortion. “It’s important that women’s voices be heard.”

Democrat Terry McAuliffe has spent months trying to get Virginia voters to focus on abortion, part of his effort to drive the Democratic turnout he needs to win the state’s closely watched governor’s race. Pointing to the Texas law, and with a majority-conservative Supreme Court taking up a case that could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, McAuliffe and his allies argue that the issue may matter more now than at any previous time in a half century.

But breaking through to Democratic voters who are weary of politics in general and more focused on the pandemic, the fragile economy and other issues has been a struggle. McAuliffe’s battle with Republican former business executive Glenn Youngkin appears headed to the wire, even in Virginia, where Republicans have not won statewide office in 12 years and women, especially those in the suburbs, have turned away from the GOP in droves during the Trump administration.

McAuliffe v. Youngkin: the numbers beneath candidates’ job, economy claims
Virginia Mercury, Peter GaluszkaOctober 18, 2021 (Medium)

In a hotly contested gubernatorial race, few issues have been depicted in such stark contrast by the campaigns as jobs creation and Virginia’s business climate.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who was governor from 2014 to 2018,  paints himself as the jobs guy. He claims that during his term he helped create 200,000 jobs, raised personal income by 14 percent and cut unemployment to 3.3 percent.

His campaign staff says he intends to defeat COVID-19, create more good-paying jobs, including ones in clean energy, and raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Republican Glenn Youngkin has a far gloomier view.  “Virginia has had zero job growth from the day Terry McAuliffe took office until the end of 2020,” Youngkin wrote in an email to the Mercury. The former co-CEO of the large private equity firm Carlyle Group claims that Virginia has few job opportunities and more than 500,000 Virginians have left for work in other states.

So who’s right? It depends on which economist you ask.

Neither candidate’s statements reflect Virginia’s dependence upon federal spending, especially the military, which is beyond the authority of any governor.

Jill Biden headlines Democratic rally in Henrico
Virginia Mercury, Jackie Llanos HernandezOctober 15, 2021 (Medium)

With polls showing a tight race between former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and GOP challenger Glenn Youngkin, first lady Jill Biden stumped for McAuliffe in Henrico, one of several high profile Democrats scheduled to campaign in Virginia between now and Election Day.

At Dorey Park Friday night, Biden vouched for McAuliffe’s ability to lead in a bipartisan way.

“He knows how to bring people together because that’s the only way to get things done,” she said. “So today, Virginia, I’m asking you to vote for Terry McAuliffe and the Democrats on the ballot.”

Less than a minute into her remarks, a group of protesters holding a sign that said “Reject pipelines and protect the future” interrupted the first lady’s speech. Other attendees chanted “Terry” in response while Biden tried to continue speaking.

Once the protesters had left, Biden said that she “loved democracy” and carried on with highlighting McAuliffe’s past accomplishments as governor, citing investments in education and transportation and the drop in unemployment rate.

“I love the energy of this crowd,” Biden said. “When you’re around, it’s impossible not to feel optimistic.”

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has admitted President Joe Biden’s political woes drag on his gubernatorial campaign. But they pale against the shockwaves that would rip through the White House if he loses his race next month at a perilous time for the party in Washington.

If Republican Glenn Youngkin triumphs in a margin-of-error tussle in the commonwealth, already alarmed Democrats would tip into full-on panic about next year’s midterms, when their party faces a historical disadvantage as the party in the White House. The devastating blow would swell doubts about Biden’s own political authority and capacity to drive an endangered agenda through Congress with a spending and debt cliff looming in December. And Youngkin, a wealthy former private equity executive, would trigger an inquest among Democrats over whether tarring GOP candidates with the polarizing aura of Donald Trump — as McAuliffe has done incessantly — will be quite so potent when they’re not running in deep blue states like California and when the ex-President is not on the ballot.

On CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, the once and possible future Virginia governor tried to explain why the race is so close in a state where Biden thrashed Trump by 10 points only 11 months ago.

“This is an off-off-year. If you look at the history of Virginia, it’s not a presidential year turnout. Turnouts go from like 70 percent down to somewhere in the 40s,” said McAuliffe, who won a close gubernatorial election in 2013, a year that followed a Democratic White House win. “Listen, we’re going to win this race because I’m right on the issues,” McAuliffe told Dana Bash.

Pundits sometimes over-interpret individual races, trying to extrapolate from them the results of future elections elsewhere while ignoring their idiosyncrasies. But a Democratic defeat in what has become a reliably blue state over the last decade would be impossible to ignore and would cause political headaches for Democrats that reach beyond the Biden presidency. Republicans have struggled in recent years to balance the increasingly populist and nationalist leanings of the pro-Trump base with a need to appeal to highly educated, affluent voters in the suburbs. The task is especially hard in the Northern Virginia suburbs around Washington, DC, which teem with federal workers and highly educated and affluent voters. But if Youngkin can thread the needle, the wider political world will take note.

“Every gubernatorial election in Virginia is seen as a leading political indicator. How the parties do in Virginia’s governor’s race, the year after a presidential election, is seen as a harbinger of how the parties will do in the midterm elections,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at University of Mary Washington in Virginia.

Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin wasted no time turning a comment made by his Democratic opponent, Terry McAuliffe, into an attack ad aimed at invigorating base GOP voters and parents.

The moment came during the second and final debate between the two late last month. “I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decision,” McAuliffe said over what should be taught in schools. The former governor later added, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”
The comments, after getting considerable pick up within conservative media, quickly became a Youngkin ad and have already become a staple of Youngkin’s pitch in the closing weeks of the race to lead the Commonwealth.
“If you had any doubt — any doubt whatsoever — about Terry McAuliffe’s principles, he laid them bare last week when he said, he said parents do not have a right to be involved in their kid’s education,” Youngkin said earlier this month.
His campaign hopes it will serve as a rallying cry that could harness the recent Republican focus on education issues, ranging from what should be taught in public schools to issues around transgender students. But the ultimate goal is to cut into McAuliffe’s support with swing voters in key areas like the vote-rich Northern Virginia suburbs near Washington, DC.
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Democratic former Gov. Terry McAuliffe lambasted Republican Glenn Youngkin on Tuesday night over his opposition to mandating Covid-19 vaccines for state workers in the second and final debate of the Virginia governor’s race.

The candidates’ split on vaccines — McAuliffe would require them for students, teachers and health care workers and would support businesses that imposed mandates; Youngkin says he encourages everyone to be vaccinated but opposes mandates — has emerged as a central issue in 2021’s marquee governor’s race.

“He’s going to send a child to a school where a teacher’s not wearing a mask and a teacher’s not vaccinated? That is disqualifying to be governor,” McAuliffe said.

Youngkin, meanwhile, maintained that McAuliffe’s characterization of his stance on vaccines is “the most egregious untruth my opponent continues to say about me.”

“I’ve gotten the vaccine; my family has gotten the vaccine. It’s the best way for people to keep themselves safe. And I in fact have asked everyone in Virginia to please get the vaccine. But I don’t think we should mandate it,” Youngkin said.

He said he does not want to run teachers and health care workers who oppose being vaccinated out of their jobs. “We need those health care workers. We need people on the job. To make their life difficult, that’s no way to go serve Virginians,” he said.

Why Democrats should be worried about Virginia’s governor’s race
CNN, Harry EntenSeptember 25, 2021 (Medium)

(CNN)The state of Virginia is about to provide the clearest preview of what’s to come in the 2022 election. Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin will face off in a marquee gubernatorial race in November. At the same time, all 100 seats in the state’s House of Delegates are up for grabs.

The outcome of these races will help tell us whether the rising Democratic coalition of African Americans and White voters with a college degree is providing the backstop they need to stop a red Republican wave.
Right now, Democrats have to be worried about what they’re seeing in the polls. President Joe Biden took the state by 10 points last year. But recently, his approval rating in numerous recent surveys has sunk below his disapproval rating, just as it has nationally.
Biden’s declining fortunes has coincided with Youngkin rising in these same polls. Although McAuliffe holds on to a nominal lead, this race is well within the margin of error.
This is notable for a number of reasons.
We know that what happens in Virginia rarely stays in Virginia. Virginia has proven to be a good barometer of midterm elections.
As Youngkin rejects Texas-style ban, GOP ticket steers clear of anti-abortion rally in Richmond
Virginia Mercury, GRAHAM MOOMAW AND JACKIE LLANOS HERNANDEZSeptember 18, 2021 (Medium)

If it didn’t count as a banned weapon, she would have brought her sledgehammer, anti-abortion activist Victoria Cobb told the March for Life crowd Friday from the steps of the Virginia Capitol.

The hammer, she said, is a symbol of what the pro-life movement hopes to do to former Gov. Terry McAulffe’s “brick wall” for abortion rights.

“You are going to break down that wall,” Cobb, president of the socially conservative Family Foundation, told the group gathered on Capitol Square. “You are going to be the ones that do whatever it takes.”

Legal developments outside Virginia have pushed abortion to the forefront of this year’s elections, with activists on both sides stressing the high stakes in the gubernatorial contest between McAuliffe, a Democrat, and Republican Glenn Youngkin.

Three Republican lawmakers spoke at the third annual March for Life in Richmond, where marchers shouted chants against the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that established abortion as a constitutional right and booed at the mention of recent Democratic governors. The Family Foundation described the crowd as being in the thousands. Capitol Police estimated there were 600 attendees.

None of the three Republicans running for statewide office this year spoke at the event, forgoing a chance to speak to a sizable crowd to campaign elsewhere. Earlier this year, Youngkin was caught on camera expressing sympathy for the anti-abortion cause but adding he couldn’t press the issue to avoid turning off independent voters.

Virginia governor’s race: Key takeaways from the 1st debate
Associated Press, Sarah RankinSeptember 17, 2021 (Medium)

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin met Thursday in southwest Virginia for the commonwealth’s first gubernatorial debate of the general election season.

Much of the exchange between McAuliffe, a longtime Democratic Party fundraiser who is seeking a rare second term as governor, and Youngkin, a former business executive and political newcomer, dealt with vaccine mandates and abortion policy.

Here is a look at some other topics the candidates sparred over during the hourlong debate in a race that is being closely watched ahead of next year’s midterms:

Virginia’s First Gubernatorial Debate
WUSA9September 16, 2021
Youngkin lends millions more to his gubernatorial campaign
Associated Press, MATTHEW BARAKATSeptember 16, 2021 (Medium)

Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin each raised more than $11 million in the last two months, but Youngkin loaned his campaign an additional $4.5 million to give himself a significant advantage, according to the most recent campaign-finance reports.

The $4.5 million Youngkin, a GOP businessman making his first run for office, loaned his campaign is on top of $11.2 million he had already lent.

McAuliffe and other Democrats have long expressed fears that Youngkin, who made his fortune as an executive with The Carlyle Group investment firm, will be able to use his personal wealth to give his campaign an edge.

The reports, which were due Wednesday, cover the months of July and August. McAuliffe raised $11.5 million. Youngkin raised $11.2 million, not including the $4.5 million loan.

Takeaways from the first debate in Virginia’s governor’s race between McAuliffe and Youngkin
ABC 8 News, Dean Mirshahi, Jackie DeFuscoSeptember 16, 2021 (Short)

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin sparred over COVID-19 vaccine mandates, abortion rights, tax policy and more during the first debate of Virginia’s governor’s race on Thursday night.

A new 8News/Emerson College poll released ahead of the debate showed the candidates are neck and neck.

On the night before early voting for the November 2 election begins in Virginia, the candidates made their key differences clear on the debate stage.

Thursday’s debate, which was held at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, was moderated by Susan Page, the Washington bureau chief of USA Today, with panelists Bob Holsworth, a Virginia political analyst, and WTVR-TV anchor Candace Burns.

McAuliffe and Youngkin spar over Covid vaccine requirements in first Virginia debate
Dan Merica and Michael WarrenSeptember 16, 2021 (Short)

(CNN)Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin sparred on Thursday over what each would do in the fight against the coronavirus, revealing a significant divide between the Democrat’s backing of vaccine mandates and the Republican’s argument that vaccination is a personal choice.

The fight over measures to combat Covid-19 was the focus of the first gubernatorial debate from the outset of the contest, with both candidates attempting to go on offense on the issue during the event hosted by Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia.
Youngkin argued that while he personally supports the Covid vaccine and wants everyone to get the shot, he believes “that individuals should be allowed to make that decision on their own.” He also pushed for McAuliffe to join him in taping a public service announcement to “encourage all the Virginians to get the vaccine.”
Pressed on whether he, as governor, would join his Republican colleagues and challenge President Joe Biden’s recent vaccine mandates, Youngkin did not give a direct “yes” or “no” answer, but said, “I don’t believe that President Biden has the authority to dictate to everyone that we have … to get the vaccine.” Biden announced earlier this month a series of new vaccine rules on federal workers, large employers and health care staff.
McAuliffe, a former governor of Virginia, fired back, calling Youngkin anti-vaccine and saying that he, as governor, would back up employers who mandate vaccines and would call for such mandates for people working in health care and in most education settings and for those pursuing higher education. The Democrat also said, after being pressed by moderator Susan Page, that he would support adding the Covid vaccine to those required for students older than 12, since the US Food and Drug Administration has authorized use of the vaccine for 12- to 15-year-olds.
“I am for requiring, mandate vaccinations. He’s not,” said McAuliffe, who is running for a second stint in office in a commonwealth that bars governors from serving successive terms. “He wants to do PSAs. PSAs aren’t going to get you anything. I want everybody to be vaccinated here in the commonwealth of Virginia.”

California’s recall election has understandably dominated headlines, but there are two other gubernatorial elections this November that might tell us more about the national environment: Virginia and New Jersey.

To be sure, President Joe Biden carried both of these states by double-digit margins in 2020, and neither state has been terribly hospitable to Republicans since former President Trump won the 2016 election. But in recent weeks, Biden’s approval rating has taken a sizable hit as the situation in Afghanistan has deteriorated and the delta variant of COVID-19 has complicated his efforts to steer the country out of the pandemic. In fact, Biden’s approval rating has fallen to about its lowest point (about 46 percent), while his disapproval rating is up to 49 percent, according to FiveThirtyEight’s presidential approval tracker. The upshot is that Biden’s worsening ratings could improve the GOP’s chances of winning these gubernatorial races, particularly in Virginia, which is a more competitive state than New Jersey and doesn’t have an incumbent seeking reelection. Here is the state of play in these two elections a little less than two months before November:

McAuliffe holds narrow lead in Virginia as Democrats face enthusiasm test
Politico, Zach MontellaroAugust 31, 2021 (Short)

A new Monmouth University poll shows the former Democratic governor slightly ahead of his GOP opponent, Glenn Youngkin.

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe holds a narrow lead in this year’s race for his old job, according to a new poll released on Tuesday, setting up the November election as a major test of Democratic voters’ enthusiasm without Donald Trump in the White House.

The poll from Monmouth University found McAuliffe leading Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin, 47 percent to 42 percent among registered voters.

Monmouth ran a series of turnout scenarios and found that Youngkin did better when more irregular voters were included. And broadly, the Republican overperformed the former governor among voters who described themselves as “more enthusiastic” about this race compared to past gubernatorial contests, roughly a quarter of the electorate.

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Polling Data

PollDateSampleMoE
McAuliffe (D)
Youngkin (R)
Spread
RCP Average8/3 – 8/2946.040.8McAuliffe +5.2
Trafalgar Group (R)8/26 – 8/291074 LV3.04746McAuliffe +1
Monmouth8/24 – 8/29802 RV3.54742McAuliffe +5
Christopher Newport Univ.*8/15 – 8/23800 LV3.65041McAuliffe +9
Roanoke College8/3 – 8/17558 LV4.24638McAuliffe +8
VCU8/4 – 8/15770 RV5.24037McAuliffe +3

All Virginia Governor – Youngkin vs. McAuliffe Polling Data

About

First debate – September 16, 2021

Youngkin and McAuliffe met at Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia on September 16, 2021, one day before early voting began. The debate started with discussion over a recent COVID-19 mandate President Joe Biden signed requiring federal workers, employees of large companies, and contractors to be vaccinated. Youngkin doubted if Biden had the power to authorize the mandate, and supported personal choice for receiving the vaccine. McAuliffe supported the mandate and accused Youngkin of spreading “anti-vax” rhetoric.[126] Youngkin denied the claim.`

The discussion moved to climate change, where Youngkin stated he would use all sources of energy to address climate change without “putting [the] entire energy grid at risk for political purposes.” McAuliffe called for clean energy in the state by 2035 and stressed the idea for the state to be a production hub.

The discussion then moved to abortion, specifically the recent Texas Heartbeat Act signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott (whom endorsed Youngkin).[127] When asked whether or not Youngkin would sign a similar bill, Youngkin stated that he would not sign the bill, and that he was pro-life and supports exclusions in cases such as rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is endangered and also supports a “pain-threshold” bill. In addition, Youngkin said he would “go on the offensive” to defund Planned Parenthood and stated McAuliffe was “the most extreme pro-abortion candidate in America today”. In response to Youngkin, McAuliffe stated he was a “brick wall” to women’s rights and would protect a woman’s decision over abortion and supports reducing the number of doctors needed to certify a third-trimester abortion from three to one.

The next discussion topic was over election integrity. After supporting an “Election Integrity Taskforce”, Youngkin stated he does not believe there has been “significant fraud”, and stated the issue of fraud as “a democracy issue”. Youngkin stressed that he believes that “Joe Biden’s our president” and criticized the withdrawal from Afghanistan. McAuliffe took note to Donald Trump’s endorsement of Youngkin, calling him a “Trump wannabe”.[126] Both candidates stated they would concede the election if the other came out on top.

The final discussion topic was over the economy. McAuliffe attacked Youngkin on his top economic advisor, Stephen Moore, who advised Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. Youngkin defended Virginia’s right-to-work law.

Source: Wikipedia

Predictions

SourceRankingAs of
The Cook Political Report[128]Lean DSeptember 15, 2021
Inside Elections[129]Likely DSeptember 15, 2021
Sabato’s Crystal Ball[130]Lean DSeptember 15, 2021

Videos

Virginia’s First Gubernatorial Debate

Published on September 16, 2021
By: WUSA9

Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe 2Current Position: GMU Distinguished Visiting Professor since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2021 Governor
Former Position(s): Governor from 2014 – 2018; Chair, Democratic National Committee from 2001 – 2005; Chair, Hillary Clinton presidential campaign since 2008

Terry McAuliffe is a lifelong entrepreneur and proud Democrat who served as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014-2018. As governor, Terry focused on making the Commonwealth welcoming and inclusive and building a 21st Century economy that created good jobs and expanded economic opportunity for all Virginians.

For more information, see this Terry McAullife post.

Glenn Youngkin

Current Position: Republican Nominee for Governor of Virginia
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2021 Governor

Glenn Allen Youngkin (born December 9, 1966) is an American businessman who is the Republican nominee in the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial election. Prior to entering politics, he spent 25 years at the private-equity firm The Carlyle Group, rising to become its CEO in January 2018.

He stepped down from the Carlyle Group in 2020, and in January 2021 he announced his candidacy for the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial election, and won the Republican nomination on May 10, 2021.

For more information, see this Glenn Youngkin post.

Issues

Governance

Terry McAuliffe

N/A

Glenn Youngkin

Make Goverment Work For You

Virginia’s government is failing its fundamental mission – serving the people. Our system is broken as customer service at agencies such as the DMV and VEC disappears. Glenn will make government work by:

  • Fixing the DMV & the Virginia Employment Commission
  • Protecting our Constitutional Rights
  • Conducting a Statewide Transparency Audit to Root out Waste, Fraud & Abuse
  • Restoring Photo ID Laws & Making it Easy to Vote and Hard to Cheat
  • Investing More Money in Roads & Highways
  • Completing Long-Delayed Environmental Projects

Civil Rights

Terry McAuliffe

Lifting Up Black Virginians: Terry’s Plan to Create a Stronger, More Equitable Commonwealth

Creating Opportunities for Black Virginians

As Virginia’s next Governor, Terry will take on the systemic racism that plagues our Commonwealth. That means addressing racial disparities and creating opportunities for Black Virginians to build wealth through homeownership and by investing in Black-owned businesses. Terry will continue his fight to defend and advance civil rights by making the restoration of voting rights permanent in Virginia’s constitution, reforming the criminal justice system, and working to improve police-community relations. Terry will also ensure that Black Virginians have access to high-quality, affordable health care coverage and a world-class education, and promote equitable land use and access to safe and welcoming green spaces.

Glenn Youngkin

N/A

Economy

Terry McAuliffe

Creating Good-Paying Jobs and a Thriving Economy for All Virginians

Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 by 2024, Provide Paid Sick, Family & Medical Leave, Make Childcare More Affordable, and Create Pathways to Good-Paying Jobs for All Virginians

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the pervasive inequities in our systems and disproportionately impacted Black and Brown communities when it comes to education, minority-owned businesses, housing and health care. Terry’s plan will rebuild our economy again so that all Virginians can prosper.

As Governor, Terry will work to keep Virginians safely back at work and in schools, rebuild our thriving network of small businesses, and support our workforce with access to paid sick days, COVID-19 vaccines, affordable child care and hazard pay.

He will also make critical investments in building and training the workforce of the future and ensuring that people of all ages have the skills they need to be successful in the jobs of tomorrow.

Glenn Youngkin

Cut Costs For Virginians

The cost of living is rising for Virginians, and people are leaving the Commonwealth to look for jobs and start lives elsewhere. Glenn will tackle the rising cost of living and cut costs for Virginians by:

  • Eliminating Virginia’s Grocery Tax & Suspending the Recent Gas Tax Hike for 12 Months
  • Providing a One Time Tax Rebate of $600 for Joint Filers and $300 for Individuals
  • Ending Runaway Property Taxes by Requiring Voter Approval for Increases
  • Cutting Income Taxes by Doubling the Standard Deduction & Cutting Taxes on Veteran Retirement Pay

‍Reinvigorate Job Growth 

Add 400,000 Jobs & 10,000 Startups
Virginia’s jobs machine is broken. After zero job growth from 2013 through 2020, Virginia currently ranks 44th in job recovery during the pandemic and was recently ranked as the 49th best state to start a business. Glenn will jumpstart our economy by:

  • Keeping Virginia Open and Protecting Lives & Livelihoods
  • Protecting Virginians from Forced Unionization & Cutting Job Killing Regulations by 25%
  • Launching #JumpstartJobs to Develop Talent, Train Workers, Attract Investment, & Make Virginia the
  • Easiest State to Start a Business
  • Reinvigorating Small Business by Enacting a Small Business Tax Holiday & Ending the Tax on Rebuild VA and PPP Loans

Healthcare

Terry McAuliffe

Building a Healthier Virginia

Ensuring That Every Virginian Has Quality, Affordable Health Care

As Virginia’s next governor, Terry will fight to make sure all Virginians have access to quality, affordable health care coverage and that no Virginian is forced to choose between medication or a meal. Terry will address racial, gender, and geographic disparities in access to coverage and outcomes by strengthening Medicaid, working with the federal government to implement a reinsurance program to lower health insurance premiums, protecting reproductive freedoms, and combating rising prescription drug prices by holding pharmaceutical companies accountable. As governor, Terry will also work to end unacceptable maternal mortality rates for Black women by expanding home visiting programs, improving access to quality care, ensuring access to lactation support, and mandating mental health screenings for pregnant and postpartum women.

Glenn Youngkin

N/A

Safety

Terry McAuliffe

Taking Action to Protect Virginians from Gun Violence

It’s time to Ban the Sale of Assault Weapons, Close Loopholes, and Treat Gun Violence as a Public Health Epidemic

As Virginia’s next Governor, Terry will send a clear message that gun violence has no place in the Commonwealth. He will ban the sale of assault weapons and get high-capacity magazines and ghost guns off of our streets. He will also close lethal loopholes that repeatedly allow firearms to get into the hands of dangerous individuals. By creating an Office of Gun Violence Prevention and creating a research Center of Excellence at a Virginia college or university, Terry will treat gun violence as the public health crisis it is and deploy evidence-based solutions to save lives.

Glenn Youngkin

Keep our Communities Safe

Failed leadership and dangerous policies have left Virginia less safe. With rising violent crime and the murder rate at a 20-year high, Glenn will keep our communities safe by:

  • Fully Funding Law Enforcement & Protecting Qualified Immunity for our Law Enforcement Heroes
  • Firing the Parole Board & Keeping Violent Criminals Off Our Streets
  • Launching #UnityInTheCommunity Programs Operation Ceasefire & Project Exile
  • Fixing Our Broken Mental Health System

Education

Terry McAuliffe

Ensuring that Every Child has Access to an Equitable, World-Class Education

$2 Billion Annual Investment to Raise Teacher Pay Above the National Average, Get Every Student Online, Expand Pre-K, and Eliminate Racial Disparities in Education. 

As Virginia’s next Governor, Terry will ensure that every student has access to an equitable, world-class education. His plan will invest a record $2 billion annually in education, which will raise teacher pay above the national average for the first time in Virginia history, give every 3 and 4-year-old in need access to pre-k, and get every student online. Terry will also address Virginia’s educator shortage and diversify our educator workforce through his Lucy Simms Educator Program. The Lucy Simms Program will cover education costs for students who commit to teaching for five years in one of Virginia’s public schools after graduation. Terry will also fight to make Virginia the best state in the nation for STEM-H and computer science education.

Glenn Youngkin

Restore Excellence In Education

Virginia’s students have fallen behind because of extended school closings, lower school standards, and political agendas. Glenn will empower parents and restore excellence and commonsense in education by:

  • Keeping Schools Open Safely Five Days a Week
  • Restoring High Expectations & Getting Every Student College or Career Ready
  • Ridding Political Agendas from the Classroom by Banning Critical Race Theory
  • Rebuilding Crumbling Schools, Raising Teacher Pay, & Investing in Special Education Programs
  • Creating at least 20 New Innovation Charter Schools across the K-12 Spectrum to Provide Choice
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Terry McAullife 4Terry McAuliffe

Current Position: GMU Distinguished Visiting Professor since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2021 Governor
Former Position(s): Governor from 2014 – 2018; Chair, National Association of Governors from 2016 – 2017; Chair, Democratic National Committee from 2001 – 2005

Terry McAuliffe is a lifelong entrepreneur and proud Democrat who served as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014-2018. As governor, Terry focused on making the Commonwealth welcoming and inclusive and building a 21st Century economy that created good jobs and expanded economic opportunity for all Virginians.

After crushing loss, ‘gimmicky’ anti-Trump strategy draws criticism from Va. Democrats
Virginia Mercury, Graham MoomawNovember 5, 2021 (Medium)

Virginia Democrats were so confident their anti-Trump strategy was going to work they spent their own money to promote Republican Glenn Youngkin’s biggest endorsement.

To some who didn’t read closely, the fliers featuring all the nice things Trump said about Youngkin looked like pro-Youngkin messaging. But the fine print revealed it was an effort by the Democratic Party of Virginia and former governor Terry McAuliffe’s campaign to tie Youngkin to Trump.

“Virginia is very very winnable, but everybody has to go out and vote,” the mailer quoted Trump as saying.

If the mailer was meant as clever subterfuge or a subtle joke, it wasn’t Democrats who were laughing Tuesday night, when election results showed huge Republican turnout in Trump-friendly rural areas and suburban battlegrounds swung hard toward Republicans.

“Most people didn’t believe it would happen,” Trump told Virginia-based conservative radio host John Fredericks in an interview Wednesday morning. “But Virginia is a different state than people think.”

“If there was no Trump in this election,” Fredericks chimed in, “there’s no Glenn Youngkin as governor-elect.”

As that harsh reality set in for Democrats Tuesday night, the Trump-Youngkin mailer was circulated online as an emblem of what many feel was a self-defeating strategy: focusing too much on a polarizing ex-president and not enough on a positive message about what continued Democratic governance would mean for Virginians.

“I think we spend entirely too much time talking about Donald Trump and not articulating not only our vision for the future but spending time genuinely connecting with people and with their needs,” said Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, who unsuccessfully sought the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor this year but won re-election to the House of Delegates Tuesday. “We need to rethink the way we campaign in Virginia.”

Stacey Abrams had a message for Democrats in Virginia on Sunday: If Republicans win on November 2, the commonwealth will begin looking a lot more like Georgia or Texas, two states that have seen years of Republican control.

Abrams, during an event in Charlottesville on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe that featured a performance by Dave Matthews, put the race between McAuliffe and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin in stark terms, further nationalizing a race that has already involved top name Democratic surrogates.

“If you want to figure out what could happen to you in nine days if you don’t get out and vote, pick up a newspaper that talks about Georgia. If you want to know what happens in nine days, if we don’t get out and vote, looking at what’s happening in Texas,” Abrams said. “If you want to know what happens to Virginia, if we don’t vote, if you don’t turn out on November the 2nd, then remember what you felt like in November of 2016.”

The line landed with the audience: Many attendees groaned at the idea.

Virginia gives Democrats a test of Black turnout before 2022
Associated Press, Will WeissertOctober 21, 2021 (Medium)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As Democrat Terry McAuliffe worked the crowd at Norfolk State University’s homecoming football game, many fans at the historically Black school were ready with answers before he could even ask for their vote.

“Everybody I talked to said: ‘Don’t worry, I’ve already voted. I’ve already voted,’” McAuliffe said of his campaign stop last weekend.

But McAuliffe can’t afford not to worry. Polls have consistently shown him with the overwhelming support of Black Virginians, but his victory may hinge on whether this core part of his base shows up in strong numbers to vote.

National activists worry that President Joe Biden’s falling approval ratings, and a lack of action by the Democrat-controlled Congress on voting rights and issues important to African Americans, could spell trouble in a race with Republican former businessman Glenn Youngkin that already looked exceedingly tight.

“Black voters, by and large, are feeling like they’re being taken for granted,” said Wes Bellamy, co-chair of Our Black Party, which advocates for political positions that benefit African Americans.

And any hint of waning enthusiasm among Democratic base voters could prove even more disastrous for the national party in next year’s midterm elections — when the party’s narrow control of both congressional chambers is at stake.

Black voters made up 11% of the national electorate in 2020 and 9 in 10 of them supported Biden last year, playing critical roles in delivering close states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to AP VoteCast, a nationwide survey of the 2020 electorate. But that means any softening of support could have the opposite effect in statewide races net year.

McAuliffe urges Dems to use muscle on voting, infrastructure
Associated Press, Steve PeoplesOctober 13, 2021 (Short)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, on Tuesday called on leaders in Washington from both parties — including President Joe Biden — to “get their act together,” while pushing Senate Democrats to scrap the filibuster if needed to enact the party’s priorities on infrastructure spending and voting rights.

The harsh words from McAuliffe during an interview with The Associated Press come just three weeks before Election Day in Virginia. The former governor is facing Republican newcomer Glenn Youngkin in a race that represents a critical early test of the Democrats’ political strength in the first year of Biden’s presidency.

Polls suggest the race is close, adding to McAuliffe’s sense of urgency to campaign on a robust list of his party’s accomplishments. The McAuliffe campaign confirmed Tuesday that Biden and former President Barack Obama would rally voters in the state later in the month at separate events.

Despite the outside support, McAuliffe has been deeply frustrated by his party’s inability to fulfill key campaign promises since taking control of the White House and both chambers of Congress in January. In Tuesday’s interview, the 64-year-old lamented the Democrats’ inability to protect voting rights against a wave of Republican-backed legislation, but he saved his sharpest comments for the stalled federal infrastructure package.

Terry McAuliffe on Sunday downplayed a recent remark in which he observed that President Joe Biden’s sagging popularity is hurting his bid to become Virginia’s next governor and reiterated on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Democrats in Washington need to pass a stalled bipartisan infrastructure bill.
“It’s not dragging me down,” McAuliffe told CNN’s Dana Bash, referring to the lack of action by Democrats in Washington. “I worry about the people of Virginia.”

“Here’s my message to everybody in Washington: Pass this infrastructure bill. We are desperate in the states,” McAuliffe said. “We need these roads and bridges fixed. … Get in a room, here’s what we need and here’s what it’s going to cost. This should not be so difficult.”

That’s a step back from his comments on a virtual call to supporters last week.

“We are facing a lot of headwinds from Washington, as you know. The President is unpopular today unfortunately here in Virginia, so we got to plow through,” the former governor said then.
McAuliffe on Sunday again called on lawmakers in Washington to pass the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.

Back in 2013, Terry McAuliffe won a majority of Black voters when he sought — and ultimately won — the top office in Virginia.

As he vies for a second term as the Commonwealth’s governor, he wants to do it again.
With less than a month to go in the election, McAuliffe and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin are locked in a competitive race in a state Joe Biden carried by 10 points last year. The outcome of this year’s contest will be closely watched inside and outside the Commonwealth for clues about the mood of the electorate heading into the 2022 midterm elections.

According to a recent Monmouth University poll, McAuliffe has an advantage among voters of color — 83% of Black voters support him, compared to the 3% who are backing Youngkin. And a Fox News poll shows McAuliffe is the preferred candidate among Black voters by 69 points. (Black Virginians make up roughly 20 percent of the state’s population.)

It’s an advantage he’s seen before. In 2013, the Virginia Democrat won 90% of their votes, compared to the 8% won by Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

His campaign’s outreach efforts this year include targeted communications to Black voters, visiting Black churches across the state, organizing Sunday “Souls to the Polls” events and working with field organizers at Virginia’s major colleges including Historically Black Colleges and Universities like Hampton University and Norfolk State University among a host of other initiatives.

McAuliffe, Youngkin clash over abortion, COVID in 1st debate.
Associated Press, SARAH RANKIN and STEVE HELBERSeptember 17, 2021 (Medium)

GRUNDY, Va. (AP) — Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin clashed over abortion and vaccination policies Thursday in Virginia’s first gubernatorial debate of the general election season, as each sought to cast the other as extreme.

The candidates in the closely watched race met at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, a small town in southwest Virginia, where the debate got off to a relatively heated start, with cross-talk and occasional snide remarks.

The first questions of the night dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left more than 12,000 Virginians dead and hospitalized tens of thousands more. The candidates’ answers highlighted the already clear differences about how they would approach attempting to manage the virus.

Asked his position on President Joe Biden’s sweeping new vaccine mandates issued earlier this month, Youngkin called himself a “strong advocate” for the COVID-19 vaccines but said he thought the president lacked the authority to “dictate” that workers receive one.

McAuliffe seeks dismissal of GOP lawsuit over paperwork
WAVY, Sarah RankinAugust 30, 2021 (Medium)

Democrat Terry McAuliffe asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Virginia Republicans that seeks to remove him from the ballot in this year’s closely watched race for governor over an alleged paperwork error.

In a filing Friday evening, attorneys for the former governor now running for a second term against GOP nominee Glenn Youngkin said the suit was based on a “legal lie” and would effectively invalidate hundreds of thousands of votes cast in the Democratic primary.

The complaint filed earlier this week by the Republican Party of Virginia against state election officials argued that McAuliffe should be disqualified from running in the November general election because of the omission of his signature on an official form declaring his candidacy.

Washington Post editorial board backs McAuliffe in Virginia governor's race
The Hill, Max GreenwoodSeptember 16, 2021 (Medium)

The Washington Post’s editorial board on Thursday endorsed Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the race for Virginia governor, throwing the support of one of the region’s largest newspapers behind his bid to reclaim his old job.

In endorsing McAuliffe, the paper’s editorial board described the former governor as “shrewd, pragmatic and tireless,” arguing that his “left-of-center” political leanings suited a state that has trended increasingly Democratic in recent years.

McAuliffe’s Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, meanwhile, has embraced many of the conservative policy proposals that voters in Virginia have largely rejected, the editorial board wrote.

Summary

Current Position: GMU Distinguished Visiting Professor since 2018
Affiliation: Democrat
Candidate: 2021 Governor
Former Position(s): Governor from 2014 – 2018; Chair, National Association of Governors from 2016 – 2017; Chair, Democratic National Committee from 2001 – 2005

Terry McAuliffe is a lifelong entrepreneur and proud Democrat who served as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014-2018. As governor, Terry focused on making the Commonwealth welcoming and inclusive and building a 21st Century economy that created good jobs and expanded economic opportunity for all Virginians.

News & Events

After crushing loss, ‘gimmicky’ anti-Trump strategy draws criticism from Va. Democrats
Virginia Mercury, Graham MoomawNovember 5, 2021 (Medium)

Virginia Democrats were so confident their anti-Trump strategy was going to work they spent their own money to promote Republican Glenn Youngkin’s biggest endorsement.

To some who didn’t read closely, the fliers featuring all the nice things Trump said about Youngkin looked like pro-Youngkin messaging. But the fine print revealed it was an effort by the Democratic Party of Virginia and former governor Terry McAuliffe’s campaign to tie Youngkin to Trump.

“Virginia is very very winnable, but everybody has to go out and vote,” the mailer quoted Trump as saying.

If the mailer was meant as clever subterfuge or a subtle joke, it wasn’t Democrats who were laughing Tuesday night, when election results showed huge Republican turnout in Trump-friendly rural areas and suburban battlegrounds swung hard toward Republicans.

“Most people didn’t believe it would happen,” Trump told Virginia-based conservative radio host John Fredericks in an interview Wednesday morning. “But Virginia is a different state than people think.”

“If there was no Trump in this election,” Fredericks chimed in, “there’s no Glenn Youngkin as governor-elect.”

As that harsh reality set in for Democrats Tuesday night, the Trump-Youngkin mailer was circulated online as an emblem of what many feel was a self-defeating strategy: focusing too much on a polarizing ex-president and not enough on a positive message about what continued Democratic governance would mean for Virginians.

“I think we spend entirely too much time talking about Donald Trump and not articulating not only our vision for the future but spending time genuinely connecting with people and with their needs,” said Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, who unsuccessfully sought the party’s nomination for lieutenant governor this year but won re-election to the House of Delegates Tuesday. “We need to rethink the way we campaign in Virginia.”

Stacey Abrams had a message for Democrats in Virginia on Sunday: If Republicans win on November 2, the commonwealth will begin looking a lot more like Georgia or Texas, two states that have seen years of Republican control.

Abrams, during an event in Charlottesville on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe that featured a performance by Dave Matthews, put the race between McAuliffe and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin in stark terms, further nationalizing a race that has already involved top name Democratic surrogates.

“If you want to figure out what could happen to you in nine days if you don’t get out and vote, pick up a newspaper that talks about Georgia. If you want to know what happens in nine days, if we don’t get out and vote, looking at what’s happening in Texas,” Abrams said. “If you want to know what happens to Virginia, if we don’t vote, if you don’t turn out on November the 2nd, then remember what you felt like in November of 2016.”

The line landed with the audience: Many attendees groaned at the idea.

Virginia gives Democrats a test of Black turnout before 2022
Associated Press, Will WeissertOctober 21, 2021 (Medium)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — As Democrat Terry McAuliffe worked the crowd at Norfolk State University’s homecoming football game, many fans at the historically Black school were ready with answers before he could even ask for their vote.

“Everybody I talked to said: ‘Don’t worry, I’ve already voted. I’ve already voted,’” McAuliffe said of his campaign stop last weekend.

But McAuliffe can’t afford not to worry. Polls have consistently shown him with the overwhelming support of Black Virginians, but his victory may hinge on whether this core part of his base shows up in strong numbers to vote.

National activists worry that President Joe Biden’s falling approval ratings, and a lack of action by the Democrat-controlled Congress on voting rights and issues important to African Americans, could spell trouble in a race with Republican former businessman Glenn Youngkin that already looked exceedingly tight.

“Black voters, by and large, are feeling like they’re being taken for granted,” said Wes Bellamy, co-chair of Our Black Party, which advocates for political positions that benefit African Americans.

And any hint of waning enthusiasm among Democratic base voters could prove even more disastrous for the national party in next year’s midterm elections — when the party’s narrow control of both congressional chambers is at stake.

Black voters made up 11% of the national electorate in 2020 and 9 in 10 of them supported Biden last year, playing critical roles in delivering close states like Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, according to AP VoteCast, a nationwide survey of the 2020 electorate. But that means any softening of support could have the opposite effect in statewide races net year.

McAuliffe urges Dems to use muscle on voting, infrastructure
Associated Press, Steve PeoplesOctober 13, 2021 (Short)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, on Tuesday called on leaders in Washington from both parties — including President Joe Biden — to “get their act together,” while pushing Senate Democrats to scrap the filibuster if needed to enact the party’s priorities on infrastructure spending and voting rights.

The harsh words from McAuliffe during an interview with The Associated Press come just three weeks before Election Day in Virginia. The former governor is facing Republican newcomer Glenn Youngkin in a race that represents a critical early test of the Democrats’ political strength in the first year of Biden’s presidency.

Polls suggest the race is close, adding to McAuliffe’s sense of urgency to campaign on a robust list of his party’s accomplishments. The McAuliffe campaign confirmed Tuesday that Biden and former President Barack Obama would rally voters in the state later in the month at separate events.

Despite the outside support, McAuliffe has been deeply frustrated by his party’s inability to fulfill key campaign promises since taking control of the White House and both chambers of Congress in January. In Tuesday’s interview, the 64-year-old lamented the Democrats’ inability to protect voting rights against a wave of Republican-backed legislation, but he saved his sharpest comments for the stalled federal infrastructure package.

Terry McAuliffe on Sunday downplayed a recent remark in which he observed that President Joe Biden’s sagging popularity is hurting his bid to become Virginia’s next governor and reiterated on CNN’s “State of the Union” that Democrats in Washington need to pass a stalled bipartisan infrastructure bill.
“It’s not dragging me down,” McAuliffe told CNN’s Dana Bash, referring to the lack of action by Democrats in Washington. “I worry about the people of Virginia.”

“Here’s my message to everybody in Washington: Pass this infrastructure bill. We are desperate in the states,” McAuliffe said. “We need these roads and bridges fixed. … Get in a room, here’s what we need and here’s what it’s going to cost. This should not be so difficult.”

That’s a step back from his comments on a virtual call to supporters last week.

“We are facing a lot of headwinds from Washington, as you know. The President is unpopular today unfortunately here in Virginia, so we got to plow through,” the former governor said then.
McAuliffe on Sunday again called on lawmakers in Washington to pass the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill.

Back in 2013, Terry McAuliffe won a majority of Black voters when he sought — and ultimately won — the top office in Virginia.

As he vies for a second term as the Commonwealth’s governor, he wants to do it again.
With less than a month to go in the election, McAuliffe and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin are locked in a competitive race in a state Joe Biden carried by 10 points last year. The outcome of this year’s contest will be closely watched inside and outside the Commonwealth for clues about the mood of the electorate heading into the 2022 midterm elections.

According to a recent Monmouth University poll, McAuliffe has an advantage among voters of color — 83% of Black voters support him, compared to the 3% who are backing Youngkin. And a Fox News poll shows McAuliffe is the preferred candidate among Black voters by 69 points. (Black Virginians make up roughly 20 percent of the state’s population.)

It’s an advantage he’s seen before. In 2013, the Virginia Democrat won 90% of their votes, compared to the 8% won by Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

His campaign’s outreach efforts this year include targeted communications to Black voters, visiting Black churches across the state, organizing Sunday “Souls to the Polls” events and working with field organizers at Virginia’s major colleges including Historically Black Colleges and Universities like Hampton University and Norfolk State University among a host of other initiatives.

McAuliffe, Youngkin clash over abortion, COVID in 1st debate.
Associated Press, SARAH RANKIN and STEVE HELBERSeptember 17, 2021 (Medium)

GRUNDY, Va. (AP) — Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin clashed over abortion and vaccination policies Thursday in Virginia’s first gubernatorial debate of the general election season, as each sought to cast the other as extreme.

The candidates in the closely watched race met at the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, a small town in southwest Virginia, where the debate got off to a relatively heated start, with cross-talk and occasional snide remarks.

The first questions of the night dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has left more than 12,000 Virginians dead and hospitalized tens of thousands more. The candidates’ answers highlighted the already clear differences about how they would approach attempting to manage the virus.

Asked his position on President Joe Biden’s sweeping new vaccine mandates issued earlier this month, Youngkin called himself a “strong advocate” for the COVID-19 vaccines but said he thought the president lacked the authority to “dictate” that workers receive one.

McAuliffe seeks dismissal of GOP lawsuit over paperwork
WAVY, Sarah RankinAugust 30, 2021 (Medium)

Democrat Terry McAuliffe asked a court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Virginia Republicans that seeks to remove him from the ballot in this year’s closely watched race for governor over an alleged paperwork error.

In a filing Friday evening, attorneys for the former governor now running for a second term against GOP nominee Glenn Youngkin said the suit was based on a “legal lie” and would effectively invalidate hundreds of thousands of votes cast in the Democratic primary.

The complaint filed earlier this week by the Republican Party of Virginia against state election officials argued that McAuliffe should be disqualified from running in the November general election because of the omission of his signature on an official form declaring his candidacy.

Washington Post editorial board backs McAuliffe in Virginia governor’s race
The Hill, Max GreenwoodSeptember 16, 2021 (Medium)

The Washington Post’s editorial board on Thursday endorsed Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the race for Virginia governor, throwing the support of one of the region’s largest newspapers behind his bid to reclaim his old job.

In endorsing McAuliffe, the paper’s editorial board described the former governor as “shrewd, pragmatic and tireless,” arguing that his “left-of-center” political leanings suited a state that has trended increasingly Democratic in recent years.

McAuliffe’s Republican opponent, Glenn Youngkin, meanwhile, has embraced many of the conservative policy proposals that voters in Virginia have largely rejected, the editorial board wrote.

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Terry McAuliffe is a lifelong entrepreneur and proud Democrat who served as the 72nd Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia from 2014-2018. As governor, Terry focused on making the Commonwealth welcoming and inclusive and building a 21st Century economy that created good jobs and expanded economic opportunity for all Virginians.

During his tenure, Terry brought 200,000 good paying jobs to the Commonwealth, drove unemployment down, and raised personal income over 13%. He invested in workforce development and infrastructure, laid the groundwork for Virginia to be a national leader in clean energy, and helped build a solid cyber ecosystem in the Commonwealth.

Time and again, Terry fought the Republican-led legislature. He successfully secured a record $1 billion investment in education and expanded preschool to thousands of Virginia children. As Virginia’s first lady, Terry’s wife Dorothy made ending childhood hunger in the Commonwealth a priority. Thanks to her tireless advocacy, Virginia made tremendous strides in addressing this critical issue and schools have served 13 million more meals per year.

As governor, Terry served as a brick-wall against extreme Republican attacks on women’s health care rights. He kept open every women’s health clinic in the Commonwealth and vetoed all anti-women’s rights legislation passed by the General Assembly, including a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood in Virginia. In 2013, Terry campaigned proudly on his support for marriage equality, and he was the first Southern governor to officiate a gay wedding.

One of his proudest accomplishments was successfully reversing a racist Jim Crow law that disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of Virginians. Thanks to his efforts, more than 200,000 Virginians have now had their voting rights restored and are able to participate in our democracy. In December 2017, Terry was named “Public Official of the Year” by GOVERNING magazine.

A tireless champion for progressive policies, Terry has dedicated his life to electing Democrats. He got his start with President Jimmy Carter’s campaign when he was just 23 years old, and later served as co-chair of President Bill Clinton’s 1996 campaign and chairman of the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

Terry has worked for the last 12 years to build the party infrastructure that led to flipping and keeping the Commonwealth blue. Since leaving office, he has continued to fight for progressive policies and campaigned for Democratic candidates across Virginia.

The youngest child from a middle class family, Terry started a business paving driveways for neighbors and local businesses at age 14. Since then, he has worked with and led dozens of businesses in diverse sectors of the economy helping to improve companies and create economic opportunity. Terry and Dorothy have been married for over 30 years and have five children. They live in McLean with their dogs Daisy and Trooper.

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This year has been incredibly difficult for Virginians across the Commonwealth as we fight to get this pandemic under control and begin our economic recovery. But it has also shown us the best of who Virginians are and it has given us a big opportunity to address the challenges facing our future. Terry is running for governor because we need to think big and be bold to move the Commonwealth forward and create a better future for all Virginians.

Terry believes that now is the time to push Virginia forward to build a stronger and fairer post-COVID economy. As Virginia’s next Governor, Terry will continue the fight for civil rights and voting rights, attract businesses to create the best jobs and raise wages, ensure all Virginians have access to quality affordable healthcare, build a clean energy economy to address climate change, and address the affordable housing crisis our communities are facing. Most importantly, Terry will make an unprecedented investment in education. The time is now to ensure a world-class education for every Virginia child. Our future and our children cannot wait.

Civil Rights

Reforming our Criminal Justice System to Create a Stronger, Fairer Commonwealth

Building a Fairer, More Equitable Criminal Justice System That Keeps Virginians Safe & Works For All

As Virginia’s next governor, Terry will continue to work to reform a system that has disproportionately targeted and impacted Black and Brown Virginians for centuries. He will work to enshrine the automatic restoration of voting rights in Virginia’s constitution, equitably implement marijuana legalization, expand access to parole, reform outdated expungement laws, and create an Office for Returning Citizens. He will also work to rebuild trust between communities and law enforcement by increasing transparency and accountability, and investing in community policing initiatives, and body-worn camera programs. As governor, Terry will also solidify the transformation of Virginia’s juvenile justice system and investing in mental health and substance use disorder services.

Ensuring a More Inclusive, Open and Welcoming Virginia

Combating Hate Against LGBTQ+ Communities, Protecting Students, Improving Access to Care & Housing Stability

As the next governor of Virginia, Terry will build on the progress he and Democrats have made over the past eight years to uplift and prioritize the LGBTQ+ community. Terry will address inequities and disparities that LGBTQ+ people, particularly people of color, experience by improving data collection and leveraging data to better direct resources to meet their unique needs. He will pass an anti-bullying law to protect students, prohibit foster care and adoption agencies from discriminating against LGBTQ+ people, and expand access to culturally competent and inclusive health and mental health care. Terry will also address housing stability by leveraging federal housing dollars and working to establish safe and inclusive shelters.

Lifting Up Black Virginians: Terry’s Plan to Create a Stronger, More Equitable Commonwealth

Creating Opportunities for Black Virginians

As Virginia’s next Governor, Terry will take on the systemic racism that plagues our Commonwealth. That means addressing racial disparities and creating opportunities for Black Virginians to build wealth through homeownership and by investing in Black-owned businesses. Terry will continue his fight to defend and advance civil rights by making the restoration of voting rights permanent in Virginia’s constitution, reforming the criminal justice system, and working to improve police-community relations. Terry will also ensure that Black Virginians have access to high-quality, affordable health care coverage and a world-class education, and promote equitable land use and access to safe and welcoming green spaces.

Protecting Women’s Rights and Ensuring Gender Equality

Terry Will Always Be a Brick-Wall Against Attacks on Reproductive Health

For too long, women in Virginia have faced glaring inequities in the workplace, in health care and at home. Virginia can’t truly thrive until we root out and eliminate these inequities.

As Virginia’s next Governor, Terry will continue fighting for progressive policies to advance women’s rights and gender equality, particularly in light of a partisan, Republican-majority United States Supreme Court. First and foremost, that means passing an amendment to the Constitution of Virginia that permanently enshrines and codifies the protections of Roe v Wade in Virginia law.

Terry will also continue to address disparities in women’s health care coverage, ensuring access to quality prenatal care to improve outcomes and address maternal mortality, which disproportionately impacts Black and Brown mothers.

And he will tackle the pervasive systemic inequities that have disproportionately affected women, including pay inequity, lack of access to paid leave and lack of access to affordable child care.

As Virginia’s 72nd Governor, Terry served as a “brick wall” in protecting women’s health care rights from extreme Republicans attacks. He successfully halted the closing of women’s health clinics, keeping all of Virginia’s women health clinics open. He defended women’s access to health care by successfully reversing the restrictive regulations designed to force their closure.

Terry vetoed all anti-women legislation passed by the General Assembly – including multiple bills that would have defund Planned Parenthood in Virginia. He also created a Physical Evidence Recovery Kit (PERK) Work Group, which led to the testing of 2,902 previously untested PERKS and implementation of a comprehensive process for the consistent handling of PERKs collected from victims of sexual assault.

 

Economy

Creating Good-Paying Jobs and a Thriving Economy for All Virginians

Raise the Minimum Wage to $15 by 2024, Provide Paid Sick, Family & Medical Leave, Make Childcare More Affordable, and Create Pathways to Good-Paying Jobs for All Virginians

The COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare the pervasive inequities in our systems and disproportionately impacted Black and Brown communities when it comes to education, minority-owned businesses, housing and health care. Terry’s plan will rebuild our economy again so that all Virginians can prosper.

As Governor, Terry will work to keep Virginians safely back at work and in schools, rebuild our thriving network of small businesses, and support our workforce with access to paid sick days, COVID-19 vaccines, affordable child care and hazard pay.

He will also make critical investments in building and training the workforce of the future and ensuring that people of all ages have the skills they need to be successful in the jobs of tomorrow.

Terry will achieve this through targeted investments in workforce training and development, partnering with businesses and our educational institutions to re-skill and retrain Virginians, and reimagining our K12 education system so that every child has access to a world-class education and is workforce ready upon graduation.

As Virginia’s 72nd Governor, Terry inherited a large budget deficit while facing the effects of the Great Recession sequestration. Despite these challenges, he oversaw record economic growth, bringing 200,000 new jobs to Virginia.

He made historic progress training Virginians for high-demand careers and 21st Century jobs, promoting education and training for in-demand areas like advanced manufacturing, logistics, transportation, trades and construction, IT and health care. This allowed thousands of Virginians to take on high-paying jobs without a two- or four-year degree. At the end of his term, Terry left Virginia with more than a $100 million budget surplus.

Read Terry’s plan to build an equitable post-COVID economy and invest in Virginia workers.

Establishing Virginia as the Best State in the Nation to Start and Grow a Business

Supporting Entrepreneurship and Building Strong Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Virginia

While businesses and workers have been hit hard by this pandemic, there have also been unprecedented spikes in entrepreneurship and business startups, demonstrating how critical this industry will be to Virginia’s recovery. As Virginia’s next governor, Terry will fight to establish Virginia as not only the best state for business, but also as the best state for entrepreneurs and startups. He will create a cabinet-level advisor to develop and implement a statewide plan to support entrepreneurs. This plan will break down barriers and make it easier to start a new venture, provide support to backbone organizations and create access to capital, and ensure entrepreneurs have access to the resources they need to be successful. Terry will also create partnerships with institutions of higher education to coordinate research and development opportunities

Education

Ensuring that Every Child has Access to an Equitable, World-Class Education

$2 Billion Annual Investment to Raise Teacher Pay Above the National Average, Get Every Student Online, Expand Pre-K, and Eliminate Racial Disparities in Education. 

As Virginia’s next Governor, Terry will ensure that every student has access to an equitable, world-class education. His plan will invest a record $2 billion annually in education, which will raise teacher pay above the national average for the first time in Virginia history, give every 3 and 4-year-old in need access to pre-k, and get every student online. Terry will also address Virginia’s educator shortage and diversify our educator workforce through his Lucy Simms Educator Program. The Lucy Simms Program will cover education costs for students who commit to teaching for five years in one of Virginia’s public schools after graduation. Terry will also fight to make Virginia the best state in the nation for STEM-H and computer science education.

Making Higher Education More Affordable and Connecting Virginians to Opportunities

Investing in Our Workforce and Creating New Paths to Good-Paying Careers

Terry’s plan will give students a clear pathway to the workforce while removing the barriers preventing them from succeeding. As governor, Terry will create new, affordable pathways into the workforce by expanding workforce training programs at our community colleges and streamlining financial aid so more students can benefit from higher education. Terry will also ensure that once students are in school, they are able to make it to graduation by making it easier to transition to higher education, between institutions, and from education to the workforce. He will also ensure our students have access to the support they need to reach their goals.

Making Virginia the Best State in the Nation for STEM-H and Computer Science Education

Creating Opportunity for All Virginia Students to Achieve Careers in Fast-Growing Sector

As Virginia’s next Governor, Terry will make the Commonwealth the best state in the nation for STEM-H and computer science education and ensure all Virginia students, no matter their background or zip code, can access the growing STEM-H and computer science fields. To do so, Terry will integrate STEM-H and computer science principles across all subjects and grade levels, address the digital equity divide, leverage public-private partnerships to build the workforce of the future through virtual internships and regional innovation labs, increase supplemental learning opportunities, and attract high-paying jobs to every corner of the Commonwealth.

Health Care

Building a Healthier Virginia

Ensuring That Every Virginian Has Quality, Affordable Health Care

As Virginia’s next governor, Terry will fight to make sure all Virginians have access to quality, affordable health care coverage and that no Virginian is forced to choose between medication or a meal. Terry will address racial, gender, and geographic disparities in access to coverage and outcomes by strengthening Medicaid, working with the federal government to implement a reinsurance program to lower health insurance premiums, protecting reproductive freedoms, and combating rising prescription drug prices by holding pharmaceutical companies accountable. As governor, Terry will also work to end unacceptable maternal mortality rates for Black women by expanding home visiting programs, improving access to quality care, ensuring access to lactation support, and mandating mental health screenings for pregnant and postpartum women.

Safety

Taking Action to Protect Virginians from Gun Violence

It’s time to Ban the Sale of Assault Weapons, Close Loopholes, and Treat Gun Violence as a Public Health Epidemic

As Virginia’s next Governor, Terry will send a clear message that gun violence has no place in the Commonwealth. He will ban the sale of assault weapons and get high-capacity magazines and ghost guns off of our streets. He will also close lethal loopholes that repeatedly allow firearms to get into the hands of dangerous individuals. By creating an Office of Gun Violence Prevention and creating a research Center of Excellence at a Virginia college or university, Terry will treat gun violence as the public health crisis it is and deploy evidence-based solutions to save lives.

Social Security

Supporting Virginia’s Seniors

Ensuring Quality and Affordability Later in Life

As Virginia’s next governor, Terry will take a comprehensive approach to improving access to affordable, quality options for Virginia seniors that will enable them to age in place. His plan will protect seniors from COVID-19 by ensuring that every facility serving seniors requires their staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Terry will lower the cost of health care by tackling the rising cost of prescription drugs and holding Big pharma accountable, implementing a state reinsurance program to lower premiums, and standing up Virginia’s state health exchange. He will work with President Biden to create specialized savings plans that will allow seniors to cover the cost of care as they age.

Affordable Housing

Tackling the Eviction Crisis, Increasing Affordable Housing, Promoting Black & Brown Homeownership & Fighting Homelessness

As Virginia’s next Governor, Terry will work to ensure every Virginian has a place to call home. That means addressing the eviction crisis and increasing protections for renters. Terry will also increase the supply of affordable housing by investing in the Virginia Housing Trust Fund, spearheading zoning reform, and partnering with the Biden Administration to increase access to affordable housing vouchers. Terry will also work to fight systemic racism and promote Black and Brown homeownership by combating lending discrimination, strengthening down payment assistance programs, access to low-interest loans, and rent-to-own programs.

Agriculture & Forestry

Planting Innovation and Raising Opportunity on Virginia’s Working Lands

As Virginia’s next Governor, Terry will take a comprehensive approach to strengthening the agricultural and forestry economy by growing demand for Virginia agricultural products, facilitating innovation to expand supply, and supporting Virginia farmers and foresters. His plan will build a highly-specialized agriculture and forestry workforce through partnerships with institutions of higher education and community colleges, cultivate next-generation smart farming by expanding broadband access to every Virginian, and expand state matching funds for agricultural best management practices that support the transition to sustainability. Terry will establish Virginia agriculture and forestry as a model for upward mobility and growth by focusing on investing in the farmers and workers who are critical to Virginia’s economic future.

Clean Energy

Moving Virginia to 100% Clean Energy by 2035 to Create Good Jobs, Strengthen Climate Resilience & Protect Our Future

As Virginia’s next governor, Terry will tackle the growing threat of climate change and ensure Virginia is resilient in the face of climate threats. That means accelerating Virginia’s path to 100% clean energy by 2035 and aligning Virginia with President Biden’s climate goals and efforts, investing in energy efficiency, decarbonizing Virginia’s transportation sector and creating good jobs of the future. Terry’s plan will ensure a just transition to clean energy that will protect consumers, lower utility bills, and break down environmental inequities that have disproportionately impacted Black and Brown communities

COVID-19

Continuing to Lead Virginia Out of This Pandemic and Into a Stronger Future

As Virginia’s next Governor, Terry will tackle inequities and rebuild a stronger, more equitable post-COVID economy. Terry will rebuild Virginia’s thriving network of small businesses, especially Black and Brown-owned businesses, that have been hit the hardest. His plan will raise the minimum wage to $15/hour by 2024, support caregivers, make childcare more affordable and ensure that every worker has access to paid sick, family and medical leave, as women, particularly women of color, are being driven out of the workforce. Terry will also create a seamless 5-year pathway to high-demand, good-paying careers by building on Governor Northam’s G3 program.

Combating Food Insecurity

Ensuring that Virginians have Access to Regular Nutritious Meals

As Virginia’s next governor, Terry will work tirelessly to ensure Virginians have access to regular, nutritious meals. By working to increase participation in federal nutrition programs, Terry will get nutritious meals for thousands of more children in the Commonwealth. He will increase access to local foods through a comprehensive “Virginia Food for Virginia Families” agenda that will connect some of the world’s highest quality agricultural products with more families in need in the Commonwealth. Terry will also establish an interagency Food Security Council to address these issues holistically and in a data-driven manner. These efforts will address the long-standing equity issues that have made communities of color significantly more likely to struggle with food insecurity.

Prescription Drug Prices

Holding Big Pharma Accountable to Ensure Affordable Drug Prices

As Virginia’s next governor, Terry will make sure that no person has to choose between medication or a meal. He will empower the Virginia State Corporation Commission to serve as a watchdog for Virginia consumers by forcing drug companies to justify certain price increases and setting upper price limits when necessary. Terry will ensure consumers have information and explanations about cost increases by creating a Prescription Drug Sunlight Law. He will also fight to secure the lowest possible prices by pooling Virginia’s purchasing power for state agencies, implementing a pharmacy benefit carve-out model for Virginia’s Medicaid program, and exploring bulk purchasing as a way to lower costs.

Rural Economy

Investing in Rural Communities, Getting Every Virginian Online, Strengthening Education & Health Care, and Supporting Virginia Farmers

Terry will ensure that rural communities are prioritized in Virginia’s post-COVID economic recovery. He will get every Virginian online, promote access to virtual training and career opportunities and make telehealth available throughout rural areas. Terry will attract jobs by launching Virginia’s first intentional rural economic development hub and establishing rural communities as the energy innovation capitals of the East Coast. He will also invest in rural education and workforce development and will support the farmers who are vital to the success of our economy. Terry’s plan will create jobs, support families and drive sustainable economic growth in rural economies.

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Terence Richard McAuliffe (born February 9, 1957) is an American businessman and politician who served as the 72nd governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018.[1] A member of the Democratic Party, he was co-chairman of President Bill Clinton‘s 1996 re-election campaign,[2] chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2001 to 2005, and chairman of Hillary Clinton‘s 2008 presidential campaign.

McAuliffe was an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic nomination in the 2009 Virginia gubernatorial election. In the 2013 gubernatorial election, he ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, and defeated Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Libertarian Robert Sarvis in the general election.[1] He ran for a non-consecutive second term as governor in the 2021 gubernatorial election but narrowly lost to Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin.[3][4]

Early life and education

McAuliffe was born and raised in Syracuse, New York, the son of Mildred Katherine (née Lonergan) and Jack McAuliffe.[5][6] His father was a real estate agent and local Democratic politician. The family is of Irish descent.[7][8][9]

He graduated from Bishop Ludden Junior/Senior High School in 1975. In 1979, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the Catholic University of America, where he served as a resident adviser.[10] After graduating, McAuliffe worked for President Jimmy Carter‘s re-election campaign, becoming the national finance director at age 22. Following the unsuccessful campaign, McAuliffe attended Georgetown University Law Center, where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree in 1984.[11]

Business career

At the age of 14, McAuliffe started his first business, McAuliffe Driveway Maintenance, sealing driveways and parking lots.[12]

In 1985, McAuliffe helped found the Federal City National Bank, a Washington, D.C.–based local bank.[13] In January 1988, when he was thirty years old, the bank’s board elected him as chairman, making him the youngest chairman in the United States Federal Reserve Bank‘s charter association.[14]: 75–76  In 1991, he negotiated a merger with Credit International Bank, which he called his “greatest business experience.”[15] He became the vice-chairman of the newly merged bank.[15][16]

In 1979, McAuliffe met Richard Swann, a lawyer who was in charge of the fundraising for Jimmy Carter‘s presidential campaign in Florida. In 1988, he married Swann’s daughter, Dorothy. In 1991, the Resolution Trust Corporation, a federal agency, took over the assets and liabilities of Swann’s American Pioneer Savings Bank.[15] Under Swann’s guidance, McAuliffe purchased some of American Pioneer’s real estate from the Resolution Trust Corporation. His equal partner in the deal was a pension fund controlled by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). They purchased real estate valued at $50 million for $38.7 million;[15][17] McAuliffe received a 50% equity stake.[17] In 1996, he acquired a distressed house-building company, American Heritage Homes, which was on the brink of bankruptcy.[15][18] He served as chairman of American Heritage.[19] By 1998, he had built American Heritage Homes into one of Central Florida’s biggest homebuilding companies.[20] By 1999, the company was building more than 1,000 single family homes per year.[21] In late 2002, KB Home bought American Heritage Homes for $74 million.[22]

In 1997, McAuliffe invested $100,000 as an angel investor in Global Crossing,[14] a Bermuda–registered telecommunications company.[23] Global Crossing went public in 1998.[24] In 1999, he sold most of his holdings for $8.1 million.[25][26]

McAuliffe joined ZeniMax Media as company advisor in 2000.[27]

In 2009, McAuliffe joined GreenTech Automotive, a holding company, which purchased Chinese electric car company EU Auto MyCar for $20 million in May 2010.[28] Later that year, he relocated GreenTech’s headquarters to McLean, Virginia, and the manufacturing plant was later based in Mississippi.[29][30][31] In December 2012, he announced his resignation from GreenTech to focus on his run for governor of Virginia.[32][33][34] In 2013, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigated GreenTech Automotive and McAuliffe for visa fraud.[35] He attempted to gain tax credits from the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), the state’s business recruitment agency, to build GreenTech Automotive’s factory in Virginia.[36] He refused to supply the VEDP with proper documentation of their business strategy and investors, which caused the VEDP to decline economic incentives for GreenTech Automotive.[36] He later falsely claimed during his gubernatorial run that the VEDP was uncooperative and uninterested in GreenTech Automotive.[36] In 2017, GreenTech Automotive investors sued McAuliffe for fraud, with the firm declaring bankruptcy in 2018.[37][38][39] He gave 32 wealthy Chinese nationals EB-5 visas in exchange for $560,000 investments into GreenTech Automotive, which exceeded the Department of Homeland Security’s determined quota for GreenTech Automotive.[37][38]

According to The Washington Post, he has “earned millions as a banker, real estate developer, home builder, hotel owner, and internet venture capitalist.”[40]

Early political career

Relationship with the Clintons

McAuliffe had a prolific fundraising career within the Democratic Party and a personal and political relationship with Bill and Hillary Clinton.[15] McAuliffe and his staff raised $275 million, then an unprecedented amount, for Clinton’s causes while president. After Bill Clinton’s tenure ended, he guaranteed the Clintons’ $1.35 million mortgage for their home in Chappaqua, New York. The deal raised ethical questions.[41][42] In 1999, he served as chairman of America’s Millennium Celebration under Clinton.[43] In 2000, he chaired a fundraiser with the Clintons to benefit Vice President Al Gore, setting a fundraising record of $26.3 million.[44]

McAuliffe told to The New York Times in 1999, “I’ve met all of my business contacts through politics. It’s all interrelated.” When he meets a new business contact, he continued, “Then I raise money from them.”[15] He acknowledged that the success of his business dealings stemmed partly from his relationship with Bill Clinton, saying, “No question, that’s a piece of it.” He also credited his ties to former congressmen Dick Gephardt and Tony Coelho, his Rolodex of 5,000-plus names, and his ability to personally relate to people.[15] In 2004, he was one of the five-member board of directors of the Clinton Foundation.[45] He told New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich in 2012 that his Rolodex held 18,632 names.[46]

2000 Democratic National Convention

In June 2000, as organizers of the 2000 Democratic National Convention were working to raise $7 million, convention chairman Roy Romer resigned to become superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. McAuliffe immediately accepted appointment as Romer’s replacement when asked on a phone call by presumptive presidential nominee Al Gore. Already in the news for a record $26 million fundraiser with Bill Clinton the month prior, he promised that money would be a “non-issue” for the convention, and that the outstanding $7 million would be raised “very quickly”.[41] Many in the party praised his selection, which was widely seen to represent the growth in his influence, with James Carville telling The New York Times that “his stock is trading at an all-time high”.[47][48]

Chair of the Democratic National Committee

In February 2001, McAuliffe was elected chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and served until February 2005.[49] During his tenure, the DNC raised $578 million and emerged from debt for the first time in its history.[50] Prior to serving as chairman of the DNC, he served as chairman of the DNC Business Leadership Forum in 1993 and as the DNC finance chairman in 1994.[51][14]: 88, 210 

In 2001, McAuliffe founded the Voting Rights Institute.[52] In June 2001, he announced the founding of the Hispanic Voter Outreach Project to reach more Hispanic voters.[14]: 296–297  The same year, he founded the Women’s Vote Center to educate, engage and mobilize women at the local level to run for office.[53][14]: 297 

In the period between the elections of 2002 and the 2004 Democratic convention, the DNC rebuilt operations and intra-party alliances. McAuliffe worked to restructure the Democratic primary schedule, allowing Arizona, Michigan, New Mexico, and South Carolina to vote earlier; the move provided African-American and Hispanic/Latino communities as well as labor unions greater inclusion in presidential primaries. According to The Washington Post, the move bolstered United States Senator John Kerry‘s fundraising efforts.[54] The DNC rebuilt its headquarters and McAuliffe built the Democratic Party’s first National Voter File, a computer database of more than 175 million names known as “Demzilla.”[55][56] During the 2004 election cycle, the DNC hosted six presidential debates for the first time.[57]

As chairman, McAuliffe championed direct mail and online donations and built a small donor base that eliminated the party’s debt and, according to The Washington Post, “could potentially power the party for years”.[58] Under his leadership, the DNC raised a total of $248 million from donors giving $25,000 or less during the 2003-2004 election cycle.[59]

In January 2005, a few weeks before his term ended, McAuliffe earmarked $5 million of the party’s cash to assist Tim Kaine and other Virginia Democrats in their upcoming elections. This donation was the largest non-presidential disbursement in DNC history, and was part of his attempt to prove Democratic viability in Southern states in the wake of the 2004 presidential election.[60] Kaine was successful in his bid, and served as the governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010.

Post-DNC

McAuliffe interacts with staffers and volunteers at Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign headquarters.

McAuliffe was co-chair of the Hillary Clinton 2008 presidential campaign[61] and one of her superdelegates at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.[62]

In 2012, he was a visiting fellow at Harvard University‘s John F. Kennedy School of Government. In addition to several faculty and student lectures, McAuliffe hosted a segment entitled “The Making of a Candidate: From Running Campaigns to Running on my Own.”[63]

2009 gubernatorial campaign

McAuliffe campaigning for governor, 2009.

On November 10, 2008, McAuliffe formed an exploratory committee for the Virginia gubernatorial election in 2009.[64] According to The Washington Post, he believed he would prevail “because he [could] campaign as a business leader who can bring jobs to Virginia.”[64] He also cited his ability to raise money for down-ticket Democratic candidates.[64] He raised over $7.5 million during the campaign and donated an additional $500,000 to himself.[65][66]

In the primary election, he faced two high-profile Democrats, state senator Creigh Deeds, the 2005 Democratic nominee for Attorney General of Virginia, and Brian Moran, a former Virginia House of Delegates Minority Leader. On June 9, 2009, McAuliffe placed second with 26% of the vote; Deeds and Moran garnered 50% and 24%, respectively.[67][68]

Governor of Virginia (2014–2018)

2013 election

McAuliffe campaigning for governor, 2013.

On November 8, 2012, McAuliffe emailed supporters announcing his intention to run for governor of Virginia in 2013. In his email he stated, “It is absolutely clear to me that Virginians want their next Governor to focus on job creation and common sense fiscal responsibility instead of divisive partisan issues.”[69]

On April 2, 2013, McAuliffe became the Democratic nominee, as he ran unopposed.[70] In the general, he campaigned against Republican nominee (and sitting Attorney General of Virginia) Ken Cuccinelli, and Libertarian nominee Robert Sarvis. He won 47.8% of the vote; Cuccinelli and Sarvis garnered 45.2% and 6.5%, respectively.[1] He broke a 40-year trend and was the first candidate of the sitting president’s party elected governor of Virginia since 1973.[71]

Tenure

McAuliffe and the inaugural VSP Capital Campout, 2015.

McAuliffe took the oath of office on January 11, 2014. Following the ceremony, he signed four executive orders, including one instituting a ban on gifts over $100 to members of the administration,[72] and an order prohibiting discrimination against state employees for sexual orientation and gender identity.[73] The other executive orders dealt with government continuity.[73]

As governor, McAuliffe issued a record 120 vetoes.[74] He vetoed more bills than his three predecessors combined.[75] He vetoed bills mainly concerning social legislation, including abortion and LGBT rights, along with the environment and voting rights.[76][74] Throughout his term, the state legislature did not overturn any of the vetoes he issued.[77][78] During his tenure, Virginia collected more than $20 billion in new capital investment, $7 billion more than any previous governor.[79][80] He participated in more than 35 trade and marketing missions to five continents, more than any other preceding governor, to promote state tourism and other products.[81]

In 2014, President Barack Obama appointed McAuliffe to the Council of Governors.[82][83] That same year, the Chesapeake Bay Program appointed him to chair its executive council.[84] He was elected as vice chair of the National Governors Association in July 2015 and became chair of the organization in July 2016.[85][86]
In June 2016, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization named him “Governor of the Year”.[87]

During his term, unemployment fell from 5.7% to 3.3% and personal income rose by 14.19%.[88] PolitiFact noted McAuliffe, like many other governors, had little control over their state’s economic performance, with Virginia’s economy following national trends.[89] That year, he was also named one of StateScoop’s State Executives of the year.[90][91] From 2015 and even into 2021, he has repeated false claims that he “inherited” a budget deficit for his tenure, when in fact the previous governor left two balanced budgets bills based on anticipated revenues, but subsequent economic issues caused revenue to fall.[92][93]

McAuliffe maintained strong job approval ratings among registered voters in Virginia, but he was less popular than Bob McDonnell, Tim Kaine, and Mark Warner.[94][95]

Healthcare reform

After the Republican-controlled Virginia House of Delegates blocked his plans to expand Medicaid, McAuliffe unveiled his own plan titled “A Healthy Virginia.” He authorized four emergency regulations and issued one executive order allowing for use of federal funds (made available by the Affordable Care Act to any state seeking to expand its Medicaid program to increase the number of poor citizens who had access to health insurance).[96] His last hope for full Medicaid expansion ended when a Democratic state senator, Phillip Puckett of Russell County, resigned from his Republican-leaning seat. As a result, Virginia Democrats’ razor-thin majority in the state senate flipped in favor of the Republicans, giving them control of both chambers of the state’s legislature.[97]

Economic development

McAuliffe with CEO of Dominion Resources Inc. Thomas F. Farrell II and Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, after signing a ceremonial solar panel, August 2, 2016.

He helped close a deal to bring Stone Brewing to Richmond[98] and landed a $2 billion paper plant in the Richmond suburbs. He helped broker a deal with the Corporate Executive Board to move its global headquarters in Arlington which created 800 new jobs.[99] He worked on deals to restore service in Norfolk from Carnival Cruise Lines and Air China service to Dulles International Airport.[100] In February 2016, he announced that Virginia was the first state to functionally end veteran homelessness.[101] In 2017, he announced that Nestle USA was moving its headquarters from California to Virginia. He had worked with the company for more than a year to secure the move.[102][103] He also helped with bringing Amazon’s second headquarters to Virginia in 2018.[104]

Voting rights

In April 2016, McAuliffe signed an executive order restoring voting rights to more than 200,000 ex-offenders in Virginia who had completed their prison sentences and periods of parole or probation. The order allowed this group to register to vote.[105][106] Virginia was, at the time, one of 12 states with lifetime felon disenfranchisement, barring ex-offenders from voting even after their sentences are complete.[107]

McAuliffe’s order was initially overturned by the Supreme Court of Virginia, which ruled that the Constitution of Virginia did not allow the governor to grant blanket pardons and restorations of rights.[108] In August 2016, he announced that he had restored the voting rights to almost 13,000 felons individually using an autopen.[109][110][106] Republican leadership in the state filed a contempt-of-court motion against McAuliffe for the action, which the court dismissed.[111][112] By the end of his term, he had restored voting rights for 173,000 released felons, more than any governor in U.S. history.[107] The blanket restoration was controversial; several Democratic Commonwealth’s Attorneys opposed McAuliffe’s blanket restoration, including Theo Stamos of Arlington County, Ray Morrogh of Fairfax County, and Paul Ebert of Prince William County. Progressive challengers supported by McAuliffe defeated Stamos and Morrogh in primary elections; Ebert retired.[113][114]

FBI investigation

On May 23, 2016, CNN reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was investigating McAuliffe “over whether donations to his gubernatorial campaign violated the law.” One example cited was a $120,000 donation from Chinese businessman Wang Wenliang. According to CNN, Wang’s status as a legal permanent resident of the United States could make the donation legal under U.S. election law.[115]

Immigration

On January 31, 2017, McAuliffe appeared with Attorney General Mark Herring to announce that Virginia was joining the lawsuit Aziz v. Trump, challenging President Donald Trump‘s immigration executive order.[116] On March 27, 2017, he vetoed a bill that would have prevented sanctuary cities in Virginia.[117][118]

Death penalty

While describing himself as “personally opposed” to death penalty,[119] McAuliffe, presided over the three last executions carried in Virginia, before it was abolished in 2021 under his successor Ralph Northam.[120] He also commuted two death sentences, that of Ivan Teleguz and William Joseph Burns.[121]

Pardons

McAuliffe pardoned 227 people during his tenure, the most of any Virginia governor, and three times as many as his predecessor Bob McDonnell.[122] In 2017, he granted pardons to the Norfolk Four, a group of U.S. Navy sailors who were wrongly convicted of a 1997 rape and murder and were declared actually innocent by a federal court in 2016.[123][124] He rejected an application for pardon from Jens Soering.[125]

Post-governorship

After the 2016 presidential election, McAuliffe was viewed as a potential candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.[126][127] In 2017, McAuliffe’s confidantes told The Hill he was “seriously considering a 2020 presidential run.”[128] In April 2019, McAuliffe announced that he would not pursue the presidency in 2020 and would focus on supporting Democrats in the 2019 Virginia elections.[129]

In February 2018, he began serving as the state engagement chair of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee.[130]

McAuliffe initially called for Governor Ralph Northam to resign in 2019 after a photo on his 1984 medical-school yearbook page showed a photo of a man in blackface; Northam issued an apology, and McAuliffe later dropped calls for Northam’s resignation.[131][132] McAuliffe called for Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax‘s resignation following several allegations of sexual assault against Fairfax came-to-light in 2019; Fairfax called him a “racist” for supporting his accusers.[133][134][135] Later, while running against McAuliffe in Virginia’s 2021 Democratic gubernatorial primary, Fairfax compared his treatment from McAuliffe to the murders of George Floyd and Emmett Till.[136][137][138] Fairfax’s comments were condemned by leaders of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, which had also called for Fairfax’s resignation.[137][139][140] Democrat Doug Wilder, who served as Virginia’s first Black governor, criticized McAuliffe, arguing that he acted inconsistently on race issues,[141] Wilder also said that McAuliffe pushed aside Black politicians.[141]

In 2015, McAuliffe called for Joe Morrissey‘s resignation from the House of Delegates, after it was revealed that Morrissey had sex with his 17-year-old part-time receptionist. (Morrissey and the receptionist later married, and had three children.) The episode left Morrissey as a pariah among fellow Democrats, and Morrissey resigned from the state House. However, Morrissey later made a political comeback, and after unseating a Democratic incumbent in a primary, gained the support of Virginia Democrats, including McAuliffe, who helped raise money for Morrissey in the 2019 elections.[142][143][144][145]

2021 gubernatorial campaign

Campaign logo, 2021.

On December 2020, McAuliffe announced his campaign for governor.[146] On June 8, 2021, he won the Democratic primary, garnering 62% of the vote, defeating four other candidates,[4] and winning each city and locality in the state.[147] He faced Republican Glenn Youngkin in the general election. Their first debate was canceled after Youngkin refused to attend, citing his objection to moderator Judy Woodruff over a donation she made to the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund in 2010.[148] McAuliffe and Youngkin ultimately debated twice, trading attacks.[149] The race was costly, with both sides’ campaigns and outside groups raising and spending tens of millions of dollars.[149][150]

Consistent with his past campaigns, McAuliffe had a backslapping, gregarious campaign style.[147] McAuliffe campaigned on his economic record from his term as governor,[151] supporting infrastructure improvements, voting rights,[152] and Joe Biden‘s American Rescue Plan.[153] McAuliffe criticized Youngkin for running a campaign ad with a supporter who attempted to ban Toni Morrison‘s novel Beloved from Virginia schools.[154][155][156]

The race had been seen as a toss-up, with polling ahead of Election Day showing the candidates in a dead heat.[157] Major Democratic figures campaigned with McAuliffe, including Joe Biden, Barack Obama, Stacey Abrams, and Kamala Harris.[158][159] Television attack ads by both candidates contained false or misleading statements.[160] During his campaign, McAuliffe repeatedly cited inflated numbers of the number of daily COVID-19 cases in the state and the number of children hospitalized with COVID-19 in the state,[161] while Youngkin made various false and misleading claims about McAuliffe’s positions and record.[162][163][164]

In the general election, Youngkin defeated McAuliffe with 50.6% of the vote. McAuliffe received 48.6% of the vote, losing by about 64,000 votes.[165] Education policy was an important factor in the election. When asked during a debate to explain his veto of a bill that, in the words of The Washington Post, would have allowed “parents to remove books they objected to from school libraries or curriculums”, McAuliffe responded, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach”.[166] Although this comment proved unpopular with voters, The Washington Post published an analysis finding that McAuliffe’s stance on education likely had little impact on how parents voted. In election exit polls, more than 8 in 10 voters said parents should have at least some input into what schools teach; McAuliffe won with this group of voters, but Youngkin won with voters who said parents should have “a lot” of input into what schools teach.[166]

Political positions

McAuliffe meeting with Maryland governor Larry Hogan in 2017.

Abortion

McAuliffe has been a consistent supporter of abortion rights.[167][168][169][170][171]

In 2017, he vetoed a bill that would have defunded Planned Parenthood in Virginia.[172]

Education

McAuliffe has argued for workforce development, with education proposals being funded through savings from the proposed Medicaid expansion.[173]

In his 2013 gubernatorial campaign, McAuliffe pledged to deemphasize the number of standardized tests in schools and reduce the number of them. The General Assembly passed a bipartisan bill in 2015, signed by McAuliffe, that directed the Virginia Board of Education to adopt new accreditation standards that “recognize the progress of schools that do not meet accreditation benchmarks but have significantly improved their pass rates.”[174] In 2017, the board, which primarily consisted of McAuliffe appointees, implemented the law and made significant changes to the criteria for accreditation, including reducing the number of standardized tests required for graduation and adding metrics such as absenteeism, achievement gaps, and improvement on the state exams.[174]

In 2016, McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have allowed parents to block books containing “sexually explicit content” in schools; the bill was known as the “Beloved bill” because its supporters cited the Toni Morrison novel (as well as other books, such as Ralph Ellison‘s Invisible Man and Cormac McCarthy‘s The Road) as examples of objectionable works. Republicans and the Family Foundation of Virginia supported the bill; the National Council of Teachers of English and the National Coalition Against Censorship opposed it.[175][176] McAuliffe vetoed a similar bill in 2017.[177] In 2017, McAuliffe also vetoed Republican-backed legislation to increase the number of charter schools; in vetoing the bill, McAuliffe cited its removal of authority from local school boards to make decisions about local public schools and expressed concern about diverting funding from public schools.[177]

Energy and environmental issues

McAuliffe believes that human activity has contributed to global warming, and characterizes clean energy as a national security issue.[178] He supports reducing dependence on foreign oil through investment in technologies such as carbon capture and storage, solar farms, and offshore wind turbines.[178][179] Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer and the League of Conservation Voters endorsed him.[180][181]

In his 2009 campaign, McAuliffe said, “I want to move past coal. As governor, I never want another coal plant built.”[182] In his 2013 campaign, he supported tougher safety requirements on coal plants.[167] He also announced his support for the Environmental Protection Agency‘s Clean Power Plan, which would limit the amount of carbon dioxide that could be emitted by power plants, making it difficult to build new coal-fired plants and to keep old ones operating.[183]

In 2017, McAuliffe asked the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to exclude Virginia’s coastal areas from a program to open the East Coast to offshore drilling.[184][185] In May 2017, he issued an executive order for Virginia to become a member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to cut greenhouse gases from power plants. It was the first southern state to join.[186]

Gun rights

McAuliffe is a hunter and owns several shotguns.[187] He supports universal background checks for gun sales,[188][189] as well as “a renewal of the state’s one-a-month limit on handgun purchases…a ban on anyone subject to a protection-from-abuse order from having a gun and the revoking of concealed-handgun permits for parents who are behind on child-support payments.”[189] He has also called for an assault weapons ban in Virginia.[190]

In January 2016, McAuliffe reached a compromise with Republicans, allowing interstate holders of concealed carry permits in Virginia, nullifying Attorney General Mark Herring‘s previous ruling, effective February 1, 2016. The deal will also take guns from domestic abusers and will require state police to attend gun shows to provide background checks upon request from private sellers.[191]

Healthcare

McAuliffe supports the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. He supports expanding Medicaid, arguing that taxes Virginians pay would return to Virginia.[167]

Impeachment

In August 2018, McAuliffe stated “that’s something we ought to look at”, referring to President Trump’s impeachment. He argued that if “President Obama had gone to Helsinki and done what President Trump had done, you would already have impeachment hearings going on.”[192]

Law enforcement

In 2021, according to PolitiFact, McAuliffe made a “full flop” on qualified immunity, initially supporting its repeal in April before reversing course in September.[193]

LGBT rights

McAuliffe supports same-sex marriage. He supported the United States Supreme Court rulings in United States v. Windsor (2013) (holding the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional)[194] and Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) (recognizing the right of same-sex couples to marry as a fundamental constitutional right).[195]

While running for governor in 2013, McAuliffe declared his support for same-sex marriage, becoming the first candidate to do so.[196][197]

Transportation

McAuliffe supported the bipartisan transportation bill that passed the General Assembly in 2013. He is in favor of the Silver Line, which would expand Metrorail services into Fairfax and Loudoun counties.[198] In May 2011, according to PolitiFact, he made a “pants on fire” claim when he stated Virginia has no mechanism to repay transportation bonds; the commonwealth does in fact have one.[199]

Personal life

McAuliffe and his family at Twin Lakes State Park, 2015.

McAuliffe married Dorothy Swann on October 8, 1988.[200] They reside in McLean, Virginia with their five children.[201] Their son Jack attended the United States Naval Academy and became a Marine.[201][202]

In March 2018, George Mason University appointed McAuliffe as a visiting professor.[203]

Memoirs

McAuliffe authored two books that both appeared on The New York Times Best Seller list.[204][205]

His memoir, What a Party! My Life Among Democrats: Presidents, Candidates, Donors, Activists, Alligators, and Other Wild Animals, was published in 2007 with Steve Kettmann and made The New York Times Best Seller list, debuting at #5 in February 2007.[205] Among anecdotes told in the memoir was McAuliffe wrestling an eight-foot, 260-pound alligator for three minutes to secure a $15,000 contribution for President Jimmy Carter in 1980.[206] He and the alligator would appear on the cover of Life magazine.[206] Others included hunting with King Juan Carlos of Spain, golf outings with President Bill Clinton, and reviving the Democratic National Convention.[207] McAuliffe also wrote about the September 11 attacks and his experiences in the Democratic National Committee office immediately after.[208] He was criticized for writing he felt like a “caged rat” when he was unable to raise campaign funds for the Democratic Party after 9/11, left his wife crying with their newborn child to raise money for the Democrats, and left his wife in the delivery room to attend a party for a Washington Post reporter.[209]

In 2019, McAuliffe wrote a second book in the aftermath of the Unite the Right rally, entitled Beyond Charlottesville, Taking a Stand Against White Nationalism.[210][211] In August 2019, the book made The New York Times Best Seller list.[212]

Electoral history

2009
2009 Virginia gubernatorial Democratic primary[213]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Creigh Deeds 158,845 49.77
DemocraticTerry McAuliffe84,38726.44
DemocraticBrian Moran75,93623.79
Total votes319,168 100.00
2013

McAuliffe ran unopposed in the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial Democratic primary.

2013 Virginia gubernatorial election[214]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Terry McAuliffe 1,069,859 47.75
RepublicanKen Cuccinelli1,013,35545.23
LibertarianRobert Sarvis146,0846.52
Write-in11,0910.50
Total votes2,240,314 100.00
2021
2021 Virginia gubernatorial Democratic primary[215]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Terry McAuliffe 307,367 62.10
DemocraticJennifer Carroll Foy98,05219.81
DemocraticJennifer McClellan58,21311.76
DemocraticJustin Fairfax17,6063.56
DemocraticLee J. Carter13,6942.77
Total votes494,932 100.00
2021 Virginia gubernatorial election[216]
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Glenn Youngkin 1,663,158 50.58
DemocraticTerry McAuliffe1,599,47048.64
LiberationPrincess Blanding23,1070.70
Write-in2,5920.08
Total votes3,288,327 100.00

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