The pace of in-person voting in Democratic Charlottesville, Virginia has increased and provided a positive signal for Democrats.
Dave Wasserman of The Cook Political Report tweeted:
Update: The pace of in-person voting in Charlottesville increased * a lot * between 9am and 1pm, now putting it on track to perhaps slightly surpass 2017’s 16.5k turnout – a relief for Democrats. https://t.co/VbokbIcMMs
– Dave Wasserman (@Redistrict) November 2, 2021
Republicans could get a record number of voters in Virginia and still lose
As Virginia’s political leanings turned bluer, Republican Glenn Youngkin could reveal every slimmest Republican and Republican in the state and keep losing.
As Washington Post’s Dave Weigel pointed out:
A small example of a turnout in Virginia:
Ed Gillespie lost two races statewide with a single figure: by 1 point in 2014 and 9 points in 2017. Cory Stewart lost his statewide race in 2018 by 16 points.
Stewart got more votes than Gillespie ever got.https://t.co/6Z5bH9wQuU
– David Weigel (@daveweigel) November 2, 2021
The only thing that matters in this race to be Virginia’s next governor is the Democratic turnout. If the Democrats get even a reasonable amount of turnout, Terry McAuliffe will win.
Democratic turnout in Northern Virginia and college towns is the one metric everyone should keep an eye on.
As President Obama said, “When Democrats vote, Democrats win.”
Elections in Virginia should be close, which, given the current negative climate and how angrily excited Republicans are about culture warfare issues, isn’t a big surprise, but in Virginia, if Democrats turn up to vote, it’s bad news for Glenn Youngkin and Republican candidates up and down the ballot.
Virginia is far from a lost cause for the Democrats. Every vote counts, so a final push for Democratic Election Day may be enough to destroy the GOP’s dreams of a distraught Virginia.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His undergraduate work has focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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