The Weekender (8/20/21)
Welcome to the Democratic Governors Association’s Friday newsletter, The Weekender.
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|Virginia: With only a couple of months until the Virginia gubernatorial election, Terry McAuliffe continues to win over Virginians and lead in the polls. The candidates have disagreed on issues surrounding COVID, public health, and protecting the community. Amidst another spike in the pandemic, Youngkin firmly opposes mandates and favors endangering communities. Meanwhile, McAuliffe is making efforts to ensure the safety and health of all Virginians with his support for science-based solutions to the ongoing pandemic. As K-12 school starts back up, the two proposed paths to combatting COVID could lead to dramatically different outcomes, and McAuliffe’s plan for health is the clear winner.
New Jersey: A new Monmouth poll in the New Jersey governor’s race gives Gov. Phil Murphy a double-digit lead over Jack Ciattarelli. The poll shows Gov. Murphy ahead of Ciattarelli by 16 points, with 52% of voters supporting Gov. Murphy, compared to only 36% of voters backing Ciattarelli. Gov. Murphy also leads on the issues New Jersey voters care most about. While Ciattarelli remains stuck pushing a far-right agenda that includes restricting reproductive freedom, cutting taxes for the wealthy, and opposing New Jersey’s LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum in schools, the poll finds “the issue picture right now is very favorable for Murphy.” In the top issue of the race, the pandemic, Gov. Murphy has a “clear advantage,” with 46% of voters trusting him to handle the pandemic, compared to just 21% trusting Ciattarelli. Voters also trust Gov. Murphy over Ciattarelli when it comes to jobs and the economy. With a far-right, out-of-touch campaign stuck in the lies of Donald Trump, it’s no surprise Jack Ciattarelli still isn’t resonating with voters.
|“If there are refugees who have the opportunity and come to the United States as a result of our ability to drive them out, I hope Illinois will be one place where they can be welcomed.”