Republican governor-elect Glenn Youngkin won the vote of Virginians who prioritized abortion, exit polling shows, even as Democrat Terry McAuliffe poured millions into advertising accusing Youngkin of feeding a far-right “abortion program” “.
A Fox News Voter Analysis released late Tuesday evening found that 5% of Virginia voters cited abortion as “the most important issue for Virginia.” That group backed Youngkin over McAuliffe by a 12 percentage point margin: 44% voted for McAuliffe, but 56% voted for Youngkin, according to the poll.
“The pro-life victories in both the Virginia House of Delegates and the race for governor are a strong repudiation of abortionist extremism that effectively halts the radical pro-abortion legislative agenda in the Commonwealth,” the president said in a statement. by Susan B. Anthony List, Marjorie Dannenfelser. Wednesday.
“At the top of the list, Terry McAuliffe probably made abortion the central issue of his campaign, and it failed spectacularly,” he continued. “This is partly due to the fact that Glenn Youngkin responded in his TV commercial and debates, calling McAuliffe the real extremist to advocate for painful and late abortions.”
Major news outlets announced early Wednesday that Youngkin had defeated McAuliffe in a race led by parental rebellions against school culture wars across the nation. Virginia Republicans also won statewide bids for Deputy Governor and Attorney General and regained control of the House of Delegates in the General Assembly.
During the heated race for governor, McAuliffe has repeatedly accused Youngkin of hiding radical positions on abortion for fear of losing independent voters. young constantly insured media that he was “pro-life,” evading McAuliffe’s continued attempts to get him to acknowledge that he was retiring Planned Parenthood as governor.
“Glenn Youngkin has brought together all types of Virginians and pro-lifers across Virginia,” a Youngkin spokesperson told the Daily Signal Wednesday night. “We are proud of the coalition we have created.”
McAuliffe poured millions of dollars into advertisements that portray Youngkin and his stances on abortion as “far right”: three of McAuliffe’s most expensive advertisements (ranging from $ 510,000 to $ 922,000) attacked Youngkin on abortion and aired more than 1,100 times on television or cable broadcasts.
The Youngkin campaign did not respond to requests for comment from The Daily Signal on how much it spent on ads attacking McAuliffe on abortion.
“With Donald Trump’s Supreme Court likely overturning Roe v. Wade and let states decide whether abortion is legal, Glenn Youngkin made his position clear, “predicted McAuliffe’s” Far Right “ad.” Youngkin said he wants to ban abortion and define Planned Parenthood. Don’t let Glenn Youngkin take his far-right agenda to Virginia. ”
The Washington Post gave McAuliffe “two Pinocchios” for those claims, noting in September that While Youngkin is pro-life, doesn’t support Planned Parenthood, and doesn’t want taxpayer money to go to abortions, he hasn’t specifically said he will try to ban abortions or fund the organization.
McAuliffe he avoided himself directly addressing whether it would restrict abortion at any stage of pregnancy, repeatedly pledging that it would be “a brick wall to protect the individual rights of women”. so hey stopped the campaign at a Virginia abortion clinic, where he was photographed touring the facility and chatting with clinic workers.
On September 1, the Texas Heartbeat Act went into effect, banning abortions after an unborn baby has a heartbeat that can be detected. McAuliffe predicted that the law would be “a huge motivator for individuals to come out and vote.”
Team Youngkin accused McAuliffe to be “the most extremist pro-abortion politician in America”, saying that the Democrat supports “abortion anytime, anywhere, for any reason, paid for by taxpayers, even at the time of birth.”
The Youngkin campaign also leaned heavily on education issues, snatching McAuliffe’s comment that he doesn’t think “parents should tell schools what they should teach.”
Those words would haunt McAuliffe for the rest of the campaign, mobilize parents across the state to vote against the Democrat. Hey he later defended the remark, noting on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that “everyone cheered” when he said it.
“The path forward for the GOP in the midterm of 2022 is clear,” Dannenfelser said Wednesday. “Attacking life and refusing to give it up to pro-abortion Democrats is the key to victory.”
Fox News based its voter analysis on a poll conducted by the University of Chicago National Opinion Research Center, detecting Virginia’s registered voters online and by phone, with a 2.5 percentage point margin of error.
The McAuliffe campaign did not respond to a request for comment from The Daily Signal.
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