McAuliffe and Youngkin to meet for debate in Northern Virginia | New policies
By SARAH RANKIN, Associated Press
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin were scheduled to meet Tuesday night for the second and final debate in the closely watched Virginia gubernatorial election.
With five weeks before election day and with early voting already underway, recent polls suggest a close race between McAuliffe, who is running for a second term after his first term ended in 2018, and Youngkin, a former company executive and political newcomer.
Democrats made huge gains in Virginia while former President Donald Trump was in power, taking full control of the state government, but Republicans are more energetic and optimistic about their chances this fall than they are. have not been for years. The contest, one of only two regularly scheduled governors’ races this year, is also gaining national attention as a possible indicator of voter sentiment heading into next year’s midterms.
After many back and forths this summer, Youngkin and McAuliffe only accepted two debates. The first, held on September 16 in southwest Virginia, was devoid of big surprises or viral moments and largely focused on the candidates’ strongly divergent positions on abortion and COVID. -19.
Tuesday’s hour-long debate, hosted by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, was held on the campus of a community college in Alexandria.
NBC News political director Chuck Todd was scheduled to moderate the debate, NBC4 North Virginia bureau chief Julie Carey and Telemundo 44 reporter Alberto Pimienta asking questions, organizers said. The program was to be broadcast live on NBC4 and other NBC affiliates across the state.
Princess Blanding, an activist and educator making a long-term third-party offer, was not invited to participate.
Also on the ballot this fall are the races for the attorney general and lieutenant governor, as well as the 100 seats in the House of Delegates.
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