Virginia is largely seen as something of a tossup state in most major elections, having become reliably "purple" after a relatively solid run as a red state for many years; for that reason it is also viewed as something of a barometer for the national political mood.
On that note, apparently Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's chances at beating Republican Glenn Youngkin are looking so grim that Democrats are pulling out all the stops in the final weeks of the race:
Former President Barack Obama will campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe Saturday as polls tighten in a race seen as a bellwether for next year's midterms.
The Nov. 2 election is expected to signal how difficult it will be for Democrats to hold onto the House and Senate in 2022. The party in power usually loses seats in midterm elections. Democrats control both chambers with razor-thin margins.
First lady Jill Biden will campaign for McAuliffe in Henrico on Friday. Former Georgia state lawmaker Stacey Abrams, who as an activist is widely credited with boosting 2020 turnout there and helping now-President Joe Biden flip the state for Democrats, will lead a "souls to the polls" effort in Norfolk on Sunday.
Yikes. Not a good sign.
Meanwhile, where's President Joe Biden? Well, one can imagine—after Terry McAuliffe's remarks about Biden a little while ago—that he is not too keen to make an appearance on McAuliffe's behalf:
See you at the polls, Terry!
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