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Glenn Youngkin Wins Tight Virginia Governor's Race

The AP has called the race

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated after the race was called. Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin were locked in a tight race for Virginia governor Tuesday night, the most closely watched contest in an off-year election that could prove a referendum on President Biden’s first year in...

Trump Plans Rally as Va. GOP Candidate Distances Himself

Glenn Youngkin has not emphasized his ties to the former president

(Newser) - Donald Trump is going to rally for Glenn Youngkin and his gubernatorial campaign in Virginia—whether Youngkin wants him to or not. Terry McAuliffe, a former Democratic governor, has been running his race—and it’s a tight one —with a lot of emphasis on his opponent’s ties...

Virginia Polls Vary, but All Show Youngkin Gaining

Fox has Republican up 8 points over McAuliffe, though other results show a tighter race

(Newser) - The most recent polls in the Virginia governor's race show Republican Glenn Youngkin closing ground on Democrat Terry McAuliffe—if not already ahead—as the campaigns reach final days. A Fox News poll taken early last week is by far the most encouraging for Youngkin, showing him up 53%-45%...

New Figure in Virginia Race: the Late Toni Morrison
New Flashpoint in Virginia
Race: a 1987 Novel
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New Flashpoint in Virginia Race: a 1987 Novel

Controversy over Toni Morrison's 'Beloved' resurfaces in McAuliffe-Youngkin contest

(Newser) - The closely watched governor's race in Virginia is in its final days, and controversy over a Toni Morrison novel is suddenly dominating the conversation. It all revolves around the differing opinions of the candidates—Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin—on how much say parents should have in...

In Virginia, Two Words Democrats Hate: 'Dead Heat'

New poll shows tight race for governor in contest with national implications

(Newser) - Democrats have won the last two races for governor in once-red Virginia, but a three-peat won't be easy. A new poll from USA Today /Suffolk University shows Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin tied at about 45%. "Dead heat," is how Suffolk's David Paleologos puts...

Obama Comes Out Swinging In Race for Virginia Gov

Terry McAuliffe wants to be governor again

(Newser) - Former President Barack Obama offered a sharp rebuke of the Republican candidate for Virginia governor, Glenn Youngkin, as he encouraged voters on Saturday to support Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the closely watched race. Obama accused Youngkin of portraying himself as a friendly everyman while encouraging what Obama called “lies...

Psaki Says Sorry for Possible Breach: 'Words Certainly Matter'

Ethics watchdog says press secretary shouldn't have promoted Va. gubernatorial contender McAuliffe

(Newser) - President Biden's camp is going all in for support of Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, but one member of that team is now getting dinged for not lying low. Reuters reports that the nonprofit watchdog Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has called for an...

Biden Team Fears Damage From Virginia Loss

Biden Team Fears
Damage From
Virginia Loss
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Biden Team Fears Damage From Virginia Loss

McAuliffe leads Youngkin, but Democrats worry about complacency

(Newser) - Worried about the implications for President Biden's agenda and the party, Democratic officials are going all in on Terry McAuliffe's candidacy for governor of Virginia. Biden's team and national party leaders are planning to become more involved in the campaign, Politico reports. With five weeks of campaigning...

VA Primary Results Are Good News for McAuliffe

Former governor wins Democratic gubernatorial primary

(Newser) - Terry McAuliffe, the energetic former Virginia governor and longtime fixture of Democratic politics, won the party’s nomination Tuesday in his quest for a second term in office, the AP reports. McAuliffe, 64, will go on to face GOP nominee and political newcomer Glenn Youngkin in the November general election,...

Embattled Governor 'Now Considering Resignation'

Ralph Northam met with senior staffers Sunday night

(Newser) - Ralph Northam was still the governor of Virginia as of Sunday night—but with dozens of his fellow Democrats calling for him to step down over a racist photo in his 1984 medical school yearbook, few observers expect him to last another week. Sources tell the Washington Post that Northam...

Outgoing Virginia Governor Pranks His Successor

Terry McAuliffe gives Ralph Northam an unnerving welcome to the governor's mansion

(Newser) - Playing pranks on your successor is a tradition among Virginia governors. When Mark Warner moved out of the governor's mansion in 2006, for example, he left a life-size cutout of himself in the shower for the recently elected Tim Kaine, the Washington Post reports. Kaine paid that favor forward...

Thomas Jefferson Statue Vandalized at UVa

Also, Charlottesville mayor says police chief told him to stay out of safety talks

(Newser) - While the aftermath of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville continues to play out on a national level, developments are emerging locally as well. The Daily Progress and WTOP shed some light on what's been happening in the college town, as well as in the state of Virginia, since...

Mourning the 3 Who Died in Charlottesville

RIP to state troopers H. Jay Cullen, Berke MM Bates and civilian Heather Heyer

(Newser) - Friends and family are mourning the three people who died over the weekend during a white nationalist rally in Virginia, per the AP . Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said he was touched by the deaths of two state troopers, whom he knew personally, who died when their helicopter crashed in a...

Charlottesville Mayor, Va. Gov. Call Out White Supremacists

'You go home, you stay out of here, because we are a commonwealth that stays together'

(Newser) - Charlottesville's mayor and Virginia's governor are speaking out in the wake of the white supremacist rally and ensuing attack that killed a counter-protester:
  • Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe spoke during Sunday services at Charlottesville's Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, reports Time . He called the white supremacists "

13K Felons in Virginia Now Have Voting Rights

Governor is restoring rights case by case

(Newser) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's autopen has had a busy month. The Democrat announced Monday that he has signed papers restoring voting rights to 13,000 former felons, and he's working on restoring rights to up to 193,000 more, reports the Virginian-Pilot . McAuliffe signed an order in April...

Va. Gov. Vows to Restore Voting Rights, Felon by Felon

Republicans say he's trying to help Clinton

(Newser) - It's safe to assume that there will be some serious hand cramping in Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s future. The Democratic governor vows to "expeditiously sign nearly 13,000 individual orders" to restore the voting rights of felons in his state, NPR reports. "And I will continue...

Virginia Ditches Civil War-Era Rule, Lets Felons Vote

Gov. Terry McAuliffe restoring rights to felons

(Newser) - Since the Civil War, convicted felons in Virginia have been stripped of their right to vote. That will change Friday as Gov. Terry McAuliffe signs an executive order restoring the voting rights of some 206,000 nonviolent and violent felons, reports the Richmond Times-Dispatch . They'll also be able to...

Va. Governor Blocks Bill on Electric Chair

Would have been Plan B if lethal injection drugs ran out

(Newser) - Death-row inmates in Virginia won't have to face the electric chair—unless they want to. Gov. Terry McAuliffe has blocked a measure that would have made death by electrocution the mandatory Plan B if the state runs out of lethal-injection drugs, reports the Washington Post . McAuliffe had until midnight...

Va. Gov: Dump Confederate License Plates

Symbol 'unnecessarily divisive and hurtful': Terry McAuliffe

(Newser) - Walmart has dumped its Confederate flag merchandise , South Carolina pols are pushing to rid the symbol from the Capitol , and now Virginia's governor says he wants to erase the icon he calls "unnecessarily divisive and hurtful" from license plates. Terry McAuliffe announced his intentions this morning in Richmond,...

Rapist Look-a-Like Spends 29 Years in Jail
Man Spends 29 Years in Jail ... for Looking Like Rapist

Man Spends 29 Years in Jail ... for Looking Like Rapist

Michael Kenneth McAlister's conviction had been in doubt for decades

(Newser) - Michael Kenneth McAlister was freed Wednesday after spending about half his life in prison for having the wrong face at the wrong time. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe granted a full pardon to the 58-year-old after a serial rapist who bears a very strong resemblance to McAlister—side-by-side mugshots can be...

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