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Biden targets Trump while campaigning for Virginia's McAuliffe

Ryan Teague Beckwith and Justin Sink, Bloomberg News on

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In the final days of the campaign, McAuliffe has called in his party’s biggest names. On Wednesday, he’s set to campaign with Senator Cory Booker, a New Jersey Democrat. Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to appear with him again in Norfolk on Oct. 29. He’s also campaigned with Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and voting-rights activist Stacey Abrams.

McAuliffe is also campaigning on policies similar to Biden’s, including promising to institute the state’s first paid family and medical leave, expanding pre-kindergarten programs and lowering health-care costs.

Democratic strategist Jesse Ferguson said that if Democrats in Congress can come to an agreement on Biden’s domestic agenda before Election Day, it could give a last-minute boost to McAuliffe by rekindling Democratic enthusiasm.

“There’s a broad fatigue among Democratic voters, and delivering this economic plan will help crystallize how important it is that they turn out,” he said.

For his part, Youngkin is doing a statewide bus tour to promote early voting and seizing on frustration with last school year’s virtual learning, because of the pandemic, and controversy over how racism is taught in public schools. Youngkin has been running a barrage of ads highlighting McAuliffe’s statement in a debate that parents shouldn’t “be telling schools what they should teach.”

 

A Monmouth University Poll in mid-October found equal numbers of voters trusted Youngkin and McAuliffe on handling education, which was ranked second after the economy and jobs for top issues in the race.

McAuliffe served as Virginia governor from 2014 to 2018. The state doesn’t allow governors to serve consecutive terms.

As of Monday evening, 724,965 Virginians had cast a ballot during the state’s extended early voting period, more than three times as many early votes as in the 2017 gubernatorial race.

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