Harris campaigns in Virginia, calls governor’s race “tight”
Vice president Kamala harris traveled to the Washington suburbs Thursday night to campaign for the Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe in the race of a Virginia governor whom she recognized seems closer than expected.
“This race is close,” Harris told hundreds of enthusiastic supporters in a parking lot outside a Dumfries County fire station, about 30 miles south of Washington and part of Virginia. Fast-growing north, which has been a key factor in transforming what was once a more reliable red state to blue. “And we have to make it clear, Virginia, that we are careful. We need to make it clear that we don’t take anything for granted. ”
While Republicans haven’t won a statewide job here since 2009, recent polls show McAuliffe – who served as governor from 2014 to 2018 – in a potentially tight race with a former republican entrepreneur Glenn youngkin. Harris is part of a upcoming parade of democratic stars for the state to try and energize its base in a year-off run, the party hopes it can give it some momentum ahead of the 2022 midterm elections – when its tight control of Congress is on the line.
Youngkin visited a Boys & Girls Club in the Richmond area on Thursday. He and McAuliffe are taking bus tours for the weekend with Election Day November 2 looming now.
Republican National Committee spokeswoman Elizabeth Ray issued a statement criticizing Harris’ handling of US-Mexico border policy and adding of her visit: “She will fit perfectly into Terry McAuliffe’s failing campaign.”
Harris, who turned 57 on Wednesday, laughed and looked at McAuliffe as some in the crowd sang a bit of “Happy Birthday” at the start of his speech. “Do you know what I want for my birthday?” I want this man to be elected governor, ”she said.
Harris had previously recorded a video praising McAuliffe which his campaign said will air in more than 300 churches across the state by Nov. 2. Her stop in Dumfries follows the first lady. Jill biden visiting the Richmond suburb last week and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams speaking to a trio of black churches in Norfolk – and planning to return this weekend for a rally in the college town of Charlottesville.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms also campaigned for McAuliffe, and former President Barack Obama will be here this weekend. President Joe Biden is should be in the suburb of Arlington in Washington next week, his second swing through Virginia during McAuliffe’s campaign.
Harris said Thursday that “The President will be here and is still with Terry.”
McAuliffe berated Youngkin for making promises to protect election integrity a top priority if he wins the governorship, saying that kind of promise fueled conspiracy theories advanced by former President Donald Trump.
“Here, we will have no illusions. In 2020, Kamala Harris was elected vice president and Joe Biden was elected president, ”McAuliffe said.
He didn’t announce the end of the race, but said, “I don’t want you to sleep for the next 10 days. I need you. Play.
Youngkin largely stayed away from outside Republican political firepower. Instead, he’s spent the last few weeks trying to turn on activist parents who oppose COVID restrictions in classrooms, programs they see as “un-American” and transgender school policies.
Youngkin took up the matter after McAuliffe said during a governor debate last month, “I don’t think parents should tell schools what to teach.” McAuliffe, meanwhile, tried for months to tie his opponent to Trump, who lost Virginia to Biden by 10 points last year.
At one point Harris’s speech was interrupted by protesters and she finally replied, “We won’t be distracted. We will not be deterred. We will not be discouraged. This election is too important.