TAKE it with Rick klein
The stakes for Democrats in Virginia’s gubernatorial race are pretty clear – and Terry McAuliffe exposes them himself, with a few hurdles saying a lot.
“I think this race will set the tone, I hope, for the Democratic Party,” McAuliffe, who is looking to reclaim his old gubernatorial post next Tuesday, told ABC’s Jonathan Karl on “This Week.”
Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin must be just pro-Trump enough to keep friendly MAGA forces happy, but not so close to Trumpism as to alienate independent voters.
Democrats are pleading with voters he can’t have it both ways, stressing that Trump is neither gone nor forgotten in the GOP.
“You can’t run around telling me you’re an ordinary old man who plays hula hoops, washes dishes and wears fleeces, but quietly cultivate the support of those who seek to tear down our democracy,” the former president said. Barack Obama at a press conference. McAuliffe rally Saturday.
Still, a race Democrats have long sought to make about the former president shows signs of being as much or more about the current one. President Joe Biden will be on the trail with McAuliffe on Tuesday; Trump has no intention of campaigning for Youngkin in person, and his campaign looks good with that.
The SUMMARY with Alisa wiersema
After extensive negotiations, Democrats appear to be on track to reach deals on the social spending bill and the bipartisan infrastructure bill this week, possibly even before Biden leaves for the city. ‘Europe Thursday.
“I think we’re pretty much there now. We’re almost there. It’s just the language,” White House President Nancy Pelosi said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday. . These comments correspond to the Oct. 31 vote deadline set by Pelosi earlier this month, which coincides with the expiration of federal transportation project funding programs.
The speaker’s confidence in the discussions also came when Biden welcomed Senator Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to his home in Delaware. Pelosi said the meeting was to address “some of the details that need to be finalized.”
Manchin, along with Senator Kyrsten Sinema, had long opposed the $ 3.5 trillion initial price tag of the Social Spending Bill, which sought to cover a wide range of policies from child care to climate change. . Although Manchin was more open about his positions throughout the negotiations, Sinema’s resistance to the social spending bill was more elusive and drew criticism from his party colleagues.
The prolonged chaos of negotiations in Washington could translate into a messy midterm campaign cycle in which Democrats will have to continue to woo independent voters in competitive races. As noted by the Washington Post Paul Kane, in an article documenting a joint research project by Democratic pollster Joel Benenson and Republican Neil Newhouse, “The individual pieces of this massive agenda are popular, but the package is either too big for voters to understand or the price is so high it looks scary. “
The tip with Quinn Scanlan
The marquee races in Virginia and New Jersey aren’t the only off-year elections taking place on November 2. which should be low turnout elections.
In Florida, 11 Democrats are facing off in the 20th Congressional District primary, hoping to fill the currently vacant seat following the death of 15-term Congressman Alcee Hastings in April. There is no clear favorite, but whoever comes out on top is almost certain to win the general election in this solid blue constituency.
The race hasn’t received a lot of national attention – or money. The likely low turnout, combined with the high likelihood of the Democrat winning with just a fraction of the vote, could make the future incumbent more vulnerable to a main challenge next year.
In Ohio, the dual special elections in safe Democratic and Republican districts are not expected to change the balance of power in Congress, but could be a glimpse of the direction voters from each party will take in 2022.
In the 11th arrondissement, Democrat Shontel Brown, seen as the establishment candidate, has already beaten former State Senator Nina Turner, the progressive who was one of the main substitutes for Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaigns. . Mike Carey, the Republican candidate in the 15th Congressional District, won his main campaign as a pro-Trump “outsider” with formal backing from the former president and defeated the member-endorsed state representative of the GOP Congress who left headquarters.
ABC News’ Start Here Podcast. Monday morning’s episode begins with the last on the accidental set shoot involving actor Alec Baldwin. ABC News’s Jason Nathanson explains what we learned from the new court documents. Next, ABC News congressional correspondent Rachel Scott talks about infrastructure while reporting from rural Mississippi, where some farmers wait for key bridges to be repaired. And, Virginia’s gubernatorial election is just over a week away and ABC News Washington chief correspondent Jonathan Karl tells us Republicans across the state view the race as an indicator. as the polls tighten. http://apple.co/2HPocUL
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