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AUSTIN, Texas — Many of the same issues that propelled Glenn Youngkin to an upset victory in Virginia’s gubernatorial race last November, including education and public safety, are still top of mind for voters before the midterm elections, the Virginia governor told Fox. News Digital in an interview at the Texas Tribune Festival on Friday.
Inflation, which is hovering around 40-year highs, and a worsening border crisis are also key issues for Virginians, whom the former business leader calls his “bosses”.
“They’re more concerned about inflation. They’re more concerned about seeing this silent thief who was let loose by the Biden administration stealing their hard-earned money,” Youngkin said.
“Tucked back just behind [inflation] it’s the education, and the future of their children, and their trust that their schools will work with them, not exclude them.”
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Education was a key issue in Youngkin’s race last year against Democrat Terry McAuliffe, with disagreements over school mask mandates escalating into curriculum debates in K-12 schools.
“I can’t begin to understand how anyone could believe that bureaucrats and politicians know better about a child than parents of a child,” Youngkin said.
A worsening migrant crisis has also turned every state into a border state, according to Youngkin.
There were more than 203,000 encounters with migrants at the border last month, bringing the total for the year to more than two million, a new record.
“We need to secure the border and go back to a policy that people who want to enter the United States have to be on the other side of the border and apply to enter,” Youngkin said, referring to the “Stay in Mexico”. policy, which was halted by the Biden administration. “It’s just common sense. They can do it immediately.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott began ferrying migrants by bus to New York, Washington, DC and Chicago earlier this year in an attempt to shed light on the record number of migrants crossing the border – a decision that was harshly criticized by many Democrats.
Vice President Kamala Harris, who was named Border Czar last year, has accused Abbott and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis of ‘dereliction of duty’ for playing ‘games with human life’ in a interview with Vice News this week.
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Six weeks out from the midterm elections, Republicans are expected to secure a 13-seat majority in the House of Representatives, according to Fox News’ latest power rankings, which uses polling averages, election fundamentals and other data points to project elections.
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The Senate, meanwhile, remains a toss-up, with Republicans expected to win 51 seats and Democrats 49.
“Voters spoke loudly in Virginia last year and I think this is a time when now across the country in gubernatorial races, congressional races and Senate races, voters will speak again,” Youngkin said Friday.