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New poll finds Republican Glenn Youngkin taking the lead over Dem Terry McAuliffe in pivotal Virginia governor's race

 A new poll finds former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe trailing Republican challenger Glenn Youngkin among likely voters in the pivotal race for Virginia's governorship.

The Fox News poll released Thursday found that 53% of likely voters supported Youngkin, while only 45% said they supported McAuliffe.

That same poll previously found that McAuliffe was garnering 51% support among likely voters, with Youngkin receiving only 46% support.

The gubernatorial election will be decided Tuesday.

McAuliffe has tried to tie Youngkin as much as possible to former President Donald Trump in an attempt to motivate his liberal and Democratic base to the polls.The former governor (2014-18) gave the Youngkin campaign damaging ammunition when he said during a debate that parents should not be allowed to tell schools what to teach their children. The quote played into fears over transgender bathroom policies, critical race theory, and vaccine mandates in schools.

The gubernatorial election is seen by many as a bellwether for the upcoming midterm elections where Republicans are expected to retake the U.S. House of Representatives with a favorable slate of elections. Democrats worry that if the election is close at all that it could mean Republicans are heading toward many electoral victories.

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