纽约时报: Energy for Glenn Youngkin 'more palpable' than McAuliffe as Virginia race comes to end

“周二选举日前最后一个周末竞选活动的规模和气氛反映了最近民意调查的趋势. 先生. 扬金, 共和党候选人, greeted crowds of more than 1,000, while Mr. McAuliffe, the Democrat, hustled through sparsely attended events from morning to night,” The Times wrote.

DANVILLE, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 26: Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin gives remarks at a campaign rally at the Danville Community Market on October 26, 2021 in Danville, Virginia. Youngkin is contesting Democratic candidate and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe in the state election that is a week away on November 2. (照片由 Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images 提供) _____ DU弗吉尼亚州VIR十月 OCTOBER 21: Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks at a campaign event featuring U.S. VIce President Kamala Harris October 21, 2021 in Du维吉尼亚州Virginia. The Virginia gubernatorial election, pitting McAuliffe against Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin, is November 2. (Win McNamee / Getty Images摄)

DANVILLE, 弗吉尼亚州 – 十月 26: Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin gives remarks at a campaign rally at the Danville Community Market on October 26, 2021 in Danville, 维吉尼亚州. Youngkin is contesting Democratic candidate and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe in the state election that is a week away on November 2. (照片由 Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images 提供) _____ DUMFRIES, 弗吉尼亚州 – 十月 21: Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks at a campaign event featuring U.S. VIce President Kamala Harris October 21, 2021 in Dumfries, 维吉尼亚州. The Virginia gubernatorial election, pitting McAuliffe against Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin, is November 2. (Win McNamee / Getty Images摄) (照片由 Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images 提供 | Win McNamee / Getty Images摄)

It added that McAuliffe had lately been displayinga rising sense of urgencyover the state of the race as he enlisted help from Democratic heavyweights, such as former President 巴拉克奥巴马, to help him rally enthusiasm and drive up 民主的 结果发现.

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But the energy this weekend was more palpable among Mr. Youngkin and his supporters, who have heeded the Republican’s calls for a new direction in the state’s political leadership after more than a decade of Democratic governors,” The Times wrote, before adding that Youngkin had framed the election asan opportunity for Virginians to send a message to the nation that Democrats are out of step with the majority of Americans on a number of issues.

前美国. President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in Richmond, 维吉尼亚州, 我们. 十月 23, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

前美国. President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe in Richmond, 维吉尼亚州, 我们. 十月 23, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

The race has drawn close attention from across the nation because of its focus on issues like 疫苗 和别的 新冠病毒-related mandates, the teaching of 批判种族理论 在学校, as well as transgender policies. It’s also driven a high degree of interest because of the once unthought of chance that 共和党人 could win in a state that’s trended more strongly Democratic for more than a decade.

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The Times told the story of one traditionally Democratic voter who voiced his support for Youngkin by attending one of his rallies. He explained his tipping point as when, while working from home, he overheard his teenage daughter’s teacher talk about White men beingmodern-day slaveholders.

It also noted that as McAuliffe was making campaign stops across southeastern Virginia, his crowd sizes ranged from 30 至 100 人, and that the largest crowd came during a visit to a Black church with Rep. 吉姆·克莱伯恩, D-S.C。, 出席.

Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin speaks during a campaign event in Old Town Alexandria’s Farmers Market in Alexandria, 维吉尼亚州, 我们。, 十月 30, 2021.

Virginia Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin speaks during a campaign event in Old Town Alexandria’s Farmers Market in Alexandria, 维吉尼亚州, 我们。, 十月 30, 2021. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts)

Generating enthusiasm has been difficult at times, which was evident on Saturday at a McAuliffe event in Chesapeake. When Mr. McAuliffe went to speak, the crowd yelled ‘Terry, 特里, Terry’ only after a campaign staffer started the chant to ramp up the energy in the room,” The Times wrote, while also noting that Youngkin’s larger crowds weremore diversethan what they described astypicalRepublican events.

Polls ahead of Tuesday’s election show a tight race within the margin of error, with Youngkin even leading McAuliffe in some that were recently released. A Republican hasn’t won a statewide race in Virginia since 2009, and no GOP presidential candidate has carried the state since 2004.

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