In the last days of the state’s governor contest, Virginia Republican Glenn Youngkin has surpassed former Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe in various surveys. This is suggesting a late shift in pace with just four days until the vote.
Youngkin now leads McAuliffe by eight points. This is in a Fox News survey showing him down by five points among registered voters two weeks ago. This is an advantage that surpasses the survey’s error margin.
In a survey taken Friday, Echelon Analytics had Youngkin beating McAuliffe by three points. Meanwhile, a co/efficient survey (an independent poll sponsored by the Republican candidate for lt. gov., Winsome Sears) saw Youngkin leading McAuliffe by four points on Thursday.
As of Friday, state polls from RealClearPolitics and FiveThirtyEight suggest Youngkin holds a tiny lead against McAuliffe for the first time.
After McAuliffe remarked in a discussion at the end of September, “I don’t think parents should really be instructing institutions how they should educate,” education reform has become a recurring subject in polls.
Terry McAuliffe: "I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach." pic.twitter.com/7S15pTv1gY
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 28, 2021
McAuliffe’s brief statement touched into the hot political matter of parents vs. school systems, and it proved to be a turning moment in the campaign. McAuliffe faced a barrage of criticism when the video went viral.
Youngkin used the chance to push his pro-parent stance with “Parents Matter” advertising and campaign commercials. Northern Virginia’s densely populated Loudoun District has continued to make national headlines as “ground zero” in the education department debates.
These debates are over transsexual policy initiatives, critical race theory (CRT), and trying to mask pupils. McAuliffe, who is relying heavily on voter turnout in the profoundly blue Northern Virginia region, also made the comment about parental figures.
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In October, it was found the child of Scott Smith (an enraged father who was jailed after an incident at a faculty meeting) had been assaulted in a school bathroom by a teenage boy wearing a short skirt.
Smith was detained during a faculty meeting where the board was debating “transgender accepting” rules, which the board later passed by 7–2. After the same high school student was jailed at some other Loudoun County school for allegedly molesting a child, parents became even more upset with the school administration.
Director Scott Ziegler was compelled to concede the administration “failed to provide” a safe environment for students.
— Brandon Jarvis (@Jaaavis) October 18, 2021
Youngkin spoke out soon after at a gathering in Fairfax County, calling for an investigation and justice in front of a large crowd, many of whom held “Parents for Youngkin” signs.
Youngkin trailed McAuliffe by one point in a Washington Post/Schar School poll released Friday, 48 percent to 49 percent. Although the top line indicated the margin between the candidates swung just somewhat in Youngkin’s favor, the shift in reactions on schooling was striking.