L’election of 2 November in Virginia is one of the two elections of Governorate (the second will be in New Jersey) which will serve as a litmus test on the success or flop of the first nine months of Joe Biden. And, sadly for Biden, they come at a time when its level of approval by the Americans is at its lowest. But not only that, the result could also make it clear if Donald Trump really has some chance to get back in the running in 2024.
At the moment everything is moving normally and the polls are showing Terry McAuliffe ahead of 10 points on the newcomer to politics, the entrepreneur Glenn Youngkin. If the Dam will lose will be the first time in 12 years. Despite everything, the fear of losing is real and makes the same candidate nervous who does not hide the fact that everything happens at a time when “unfortunately the president is unpopular “.
A Biden who, surprisingly, only moved twice to support him. And the issues brought to Arlington by Biden, on a territory of nearly 9 million inhabitants, were all national, such as those of abortion, the obligation or not of vaccination, masks in schools and colleges and health care. But on the campaign, Trump’s shadow has always remained behind the candidates. McAuliffe kept telling his constituents to see, behind the face of Youngkin, that of tycoon, with all its cons such as the anti-abortion conviction or the old and never dead conspiracy theory in past elections.
The television ads, paid for by the Democrat as much as 17 million out of his own pocket, say that man has always been Democrat, friend of the Clintons, pro abortion, soft on immigration and pro and reduce the police budget, considered too harsh. He was Governor of Virginia from 2014 to 2018.
In the second face to face between the two, however, the Democrat came out with a sentence that could, perhaps not help him “I don’t think parents should teach the school how to educate their children.” And on this slip Youngkin immediately rode an idea that is gaining ground in America. An idea according to which the “woke” culture (that is, that of those who do not belong to the class considered to be dominant) is distracting citizens from real problems to focus on issues such as those of Me Too, related to gender diversity.
Interesting in a recent survey by Ypsos is to note that 50% of fathers, Republicans or Democrats, are opposed to curricula that emphasize racial critical theory and actually wish they could have their say on the education of their children. .
In any case, what worries the whole democratic world most in these elections is the adverse tradition. Since 1969, Virginia has only once elected a member of the party that controlled it as Governor White House. But that one winning time was McAuliffe himself. Will the dem be able to dispel the unfavorable tradition and repeat the victory? It would be a great success for him and a useful tranquilizer for its President Biden.
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