The McAuliffee-Youngkin showdown is the first gubernatorial election in which Virginians have the opportunity to participate in an early in-person vote or a non-excuse mail ballot, policies put in place after the government of the He Democrat-controlled state passed a law overturning a rule that required voters to have a valid excuse to vote by mail. Virginians can also vote early on Sunday this time around.
After clashing during Thursday night’s debate on topics like abortion and Covid, the candidates fled Friday to start early voting. McAuliffe started his day in northern Virginia, while Youngkin’s day ends with a rally in Chesterfield, a red county that passed to President Joe Biden last year.
McAuliffe, who served as governor from 2014 to 2018, has held a slight lead over Youngkin in recent polls. Campaign fundraising records filed this week have shown Youngkin a significant fundraising advantage over the former governor, backed by the $ 4.5 million that Youngkin, a former co-CEO of the company, has investment The Carlyle Group, lent to his campaign.
But McAullife holds the cash advantage, with $ 12.6 million in the bank versus $ 6 million for Youngkin.
The poll released Friday was conducted by telephone between Sept. 7 and 13, covering 907 registered voters in Virginia and 728 likely voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points for registered voters and plus or minus 4.5 percentage points for probable voters.