A new poll conducted by a conservative organization shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe with a narrow lead in the race to be Virginia’s next governor — the latest in a series of recent polls showing a close race in which McAuliffe has a slight edge.
According to the poll, which was conducted for the Presidential Coalition by Kellyanne Conway, a former senior adviser to former President Donald Trump, McAuliffe leads Republican businessperson Glenn Youngkin, 46 percent to 42 percent. Ten percent were undecided.
The survey comes just days after a Washington Post poll found McAuliffe, a former governor, ahead by a 3-point margin among likely voters.
The contest is widely seen as an early barometer for the 2022 midterm elections. The Virginia governor’s race has historically favored the party that lost the presidential election the previous year. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam and past governors Bob McDonnell, a Republican, and Mark Warner, a Democrat, all won the year after their party lost the White House. McAuliffe, however, won a close race in 2013 to take the governorship the year after former President Barack Obama won reelection.
Now, as he did then, McAuliffe benefits from running in a state that has been trending increasingly toward Democrats, thanks in part to growth in the liberal suburbs of Washington, D.C. Democratic presidential candidates have won Virginia in the last four elections, and President Joe Biden carried the state by 10 points in 2020.
Conway’s poll was commissioned by the Presidential Coalition, an organization overseen by former Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie. The survey of 700 voters, conducted Sept. 17-19, has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.7 percentage points.
Couric Admits She Edited Interview Of RBG, Cutting Justice Saying Anthem Kneelers Show ‘Contempt’ For America
- Katie Couric has admitted to editing out Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s controversial comments from her 2016 sit-down with the late Supreme Court Justice
- Couric writes that she was faced with a ‘conundrum’ while working on the story for Yahoo! News, in her scathing new memoir, Going There, released October 26
- The former Today show host reveals Ginsburg responded negatively when asked about people who kneel for the national anthem as a protest against racism
- The published story did include quotes from the justice calling the gesture ‘dumb and disrespectful’ but omitted more controversial remarks
- Ginsburg had also said that such protests showed ‘contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life’
- ‘…which they probably could not have lived in the places they came from…as they became older they realize that this was youthful folly,’ she added
- Couric claims that Ginsburg, who was 83 at the time, was ‘elderly and probably didn’t fully understand the question’
- She admits she ‘wanted to protect’ Ginsburg and felt that the issue of racial justice was a ‘blind spot’ for her
Katie Couric has admitted to ‘protecting’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg from public backlash by cutting out negative comments she made about people who kneel during the national anthem.
The former Today show host reveals in her new book that she let her personal political views influence her editing decisions after her interview with the late Supreme Court justice in 2016.
In new memoir, Going There, Couric writes that she edited out a part where Ginsburg said that those who kneel during the national anthem are showing ‘contempt for a government that has made it possible for their parents and grandparents to live a decent life.’
The published story, which Couric wrote for Yahoo! News in 2016, did include quotes from Ginsburg saying refusing to stand for the anthem was ‘dumb and disrespectful’, but omitted more problematic remarks.
But Couric writes in her memoir that she thought the justice, who was 83 at the time, was ‘elderly and probably didn’t fully understand the question.’
The anecdote is the latest controversial revelation to emerge from Couric’s book, which is set to be released October 26.
DailyMail.com previously revealed how the veteran news anchor brutally rips into her former colleagues, ex-boyfriends, and celebrities in the score-settling tome, which runs to 500 pages.
Couric, 64, writes that she always tried to keep her ‘personal politics’ out of her reporting throughout her career.
Biden’s Approval 10 Points Lower Than Obama’s At Same Point In Presidency
President Biden’s job approval currently sits 10 points lower than that of his former boss, President Barack Obama, at the same point in his presidency in 2009.
According to approval ratings averages calculated by RealClearPolitics (RCP), Obama’s approval rating on Oct. 11 during his first year in office sat at 53 percent with a disapproval rating of 40 percent.
During all of Obama’s eight years as president, Biden worked as his vice president.
It has been over 12 years since the two started their time in the White House, and Biden is now sitting at an RCP average approval rating of 43 percent with a disapproval rating of 52.3 percent.
The averages calculated by RCP are pulled from a variety of polls including ones done by Fox News, Gallup, Reuters/Ipsos, Rasmussen and Monmouth.
Biden’s approval rating has been steadily dropping since he took office in January as his administration has attempted to manage a variety of blunders from the chaotic troop withdrawal from Afghanistan to the record-smashing surge of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border.
Rasmussen: Growing Number of Voters Say Cheating Tainted the 2020 Election
Biden 2020 win ‘tainted,’ 56% say it was a cheater’s paradise
A growing number of likely voters believe that cheating tainted President Joe Biden’s 2020 win over former President Donald Trump, and even more feel that a key Democratic election reform scheme will increase fraud.
In the latest Rasmussen Reports survey, 56% of respondents said, “It’s likely that cheating affected the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, including 41% who say it’s ‘very likely.’”
That is a significant increase from April, when 51% said “Biden’s election was tainted by cheating.”
The change comes as Trump has continued to raise election integrity charges and as Democrats have tried to force through liberal election reforms and shut down GOP state voting reforms.
In the new survey, voters told Rasmussen that they are not sold on efforts by Biden and congressional Democrats to expand COVID-era voting by mail, believing it will “lead to more cheating in elections.”
The results are a rejection of sorts of key features in House and Senate election reform bills supported by Biden and given to Vice President Kamala Harris to sell nationally.
By a 65%-28% margin, likely voters told the polling outfit that they believe more mail-in voting options will boost cheating. That included a majority, 51%, who said it is “very likely” cheating will expand.
The survey is the latest to suggest that partisans remain divided on the issue, though 95% agree with the vague goal of ending election cheating.
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