By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin have been making last-minute pushes Sunday to energize voters throughout Virginia in the ultimate days of the aggressive and intently watched governor’s race.
With the state’s early voting interval completed, the campaigns turned their consideration to Tuesday’s contest, every attempting to fireplace up his get together’s base to drive up turnout for an election that will probably be scrutinized as a bellwether forward of subsequent 12 months’s midterms.
McAuliffe, who served as governor from 2014 to 2018, and Democrats are scrambling to stave off catastrophe after public polling has shifted in Youngkin’s course in current weeks. Republicans are optimistic about their probabilities in the commonwealth, the place they have not received a statewide race since 2009.
After campaigning throughout northern Virginia on Saturday, Youngkin departed for the far southwest nook of the state. Stops alongside his bus tour included a prayer breakfast, a worship service, a barbecue on the dwelling of a strong state lawmaker, a meet-and-greet in the state’s farthest-flung nook and a night get-out-the-vote rally.
McAuliffe, who preceded Democrat Ralph Northam as governor in the one state that does not permit its government to serve consecutive phrases, spent Saturday in Virginia’s southeastern nook earlier than planning stops Sunday in suburban Richmond and northern Virginia.
McAuliffe has introduced in a collection of high-profile surrogates together with President Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama and superstar musicians Pharrell Williams and Dave Matthews in the ultimate stretch. Youngkin, in the meantime, has eschewed nearly all public marketing campaign visits from well-known get together allies who would usually flock to a scorching race.
That consists of former President Donald Trump, who’s holding a telerally for Youngkin on Monday. Youngkin mentioned he is not going to be taking part. Youngkin extra totally embraced Trump in the course of the Republican nominating contest, however since turning into the nominee, he has walked a good line as he tries to court docket reasonable voters in a state that Trump misplaced by 10 proportion factors to Biden in 2016.
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