None excited voters enough to drag McAuliffe across home plate.
与此同时, Republican Glenn Youngkin mostly campaigned on his own and ended up seizing the governor’s mansion in Richmond.
At a campaign stop for McAuliffe last month, Biden urged Virginians to cast their votes for McAuliffe and insisted the former Democratic National Committee chairman had a proven track record from his time as governor of the state from 2014 直到 2018.
“You don’t have to wonder what kind of governor Terry will be because you know what a great governor he was,” 拜登说. “It wasn’t just because of what he promised. It’s what he delivered.”
Biden also echoed a false claim from McAuliffe that Youngkin “was seeking to ban certain books.”
奥巴马 traveled to Virginia to stump for McAuliffe late last month, urging voters “to get fired up inside and then go vote.”
‘Bring this home’
Harris also made a trip to the commonwealth and 警告 voters in the state that a loss for McAuliffe could tarnish Democrat chances in the 2022 congressional midterms and the 2024 总统选举.
“What happens in Virginia will in large part determine what happens in 2022, 2024 and on,” Harris said as she campaigned for McAuliffe. “You gonna bring this home, 对? Yes you are.”
‘Act of faith’
斯泰西·艾布拉姆斯, who lost the Georgia gubernatorial election in 2018, 也 vouched for McAuliffe’s candidacy, campaigning for him in a number of prominently Black churches in Virginia.
“Voting is an act of faith,” Abrams said at the time, urging the churchgoers in the state to “do the job.”
拜登 predicted Tuesday that Democrats were “going to win in Virginia,” 注意 “it is about who shows up.”
But it wasn’t to be, and he failed to make it happen.