Despite the fact that he is a Republican and enjoys Trump’s support, Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin has kept his distance from the former President.
Youngkin has yet to campaign with Trump, and he was absent from a “Take Back Virginia” rally on Wednesday, where the former president phoned in to voice his support for him in the governor’s race.
In the face of a tight race with Democrat Terry McAuliffe, recent Fox News polling may provide light on why Youngkin has been hesitant to fully embrace Trump.
Trump’s popularity in Virginia is low, according to Fox News, with 53 percent of potential voters disapproving of him.
Trump’s approval rating in Virginia is 44 percent, far behind President Joe Biden’s 50 percent and McAuliffe’s 52 percent.
According to the poll, Virginians think of Youngkin more favorably than Trump, with 48 percent preferring him and 44 percent opposing him.
The Fox News poll, which had a margin of error of 3.5 percent, was conducted among 726 likely Virginia voters from October 10 to 13. Polling on the Virginia governor’s campaign has been limited thus far, but McAuliffe has a slim lead in what is shaping out to be a close contest.
As per Washingtonnewsday, rally-goers repeated the Pledge of Allegiance in front of a US flag, which organizers claimed was carried at a Trump rally in Washington, D.C. on January 6 – the same day as the deadly Capitol brawl.
Youngkin issued a statement on Thursday distancing himself from the event, and the event was criticized by both McAuliffe and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, a Democrat.
“While I had no involvement in yesterday night’s event, I have heard about it from a number of people in the media today,” Youngkin stated in his statement. “Pledging loyalty to a flag associated with January 6 is strange and inappropriate.” The violence on January 6 was terrible and wrong, as I have mentioned many times before.” “My campaign isn’t about the past; it’s about the future,” Youngkin continued, “and bringing everyone – Republicans, Independents, and Democrats – together around my vision for a Virginia that is safer, stronger, and less divisive, with the greatest schools, police enforcement, and the best.” This is a shortened version of the information.