Former President Barack Obama will join the political campaign of the candidate for governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe, to encourage Democratic voters in a race that at the moment is very close.
This Tuesday, the Democratic candidate’s team announced that Obama would campaign alongside the former governor so that he could return to the office he held between Jan. 11, 2014, and Jan. 13, 2018, according to Fox News.
“Folks, I’m excited to announce that President Obama will be joining me in Richmond NEXT SATURDAY Oct. 23 for a GOTV event,” the Democratic candidate tweeted.
Obama will not be the only Democratic figure helping McAuliffe’s campaign, as other personalities will join him to try and increase the slight difference he shows based on the latest polls and that as the election date approaches is gradually decreasing.
Biden won Virginia by 10 points in last year’s elections, and at this moment, the difference in favor of the former governor is of 1 digit over the Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin.
Three weeks ago, The Cook Political Report changed the classification of the race from “lean Democratic” to “toss up.”
In addition to Obama, McAuliffe’s campaign will be joined by First Lady Jill Biden and Stacey Abrams, the first black female gubernatorial nominee of a major political party.
These Virginia elections are of utmost importance and may be critical to the 2022 midterm elections where the Democratic party puts its majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives at stake.
Virginia and New Jersey are the only states that have gubernatorial elections the year after the presidential election, so they generate a lot of attention among Americans.
It is important to know that there is a trend in which the party opposing the party that controls the White House usually wins in these gubernatorial elections in these two states. However, it was the current Democratic candidate who broke with this in 2013.
In addition, governors cannot have two consecutive terms in office in Virginia, so McAuliffe is running again after waiting out the last term.
While the Democrat had a significant lead over Youngkin, who is running for the first time, it began to shrink over the summer following the controversial U.S. exit from Afghanistan and the increase in cases of COVID-19, or CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, for which the current administration received a barrage of criticism.
Not the least of which is the current supply crisis plaguing the United States, with the White House admitting that some products will be unavailable by Christmas.
Officials warned that consumers might face higher prices and shortages of some products at Christmas time.
This situation presents a high political risk for Biden, which may also have repercussions in the next elections this year and in the mid-term elections next year, putting at risk the majority the Democratic Party holds in both houses.