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Biden easily won Virginia. Why is McAuliffe struggling?

Former Governor Terry McAuliffe with President Joe Biden.
Former Governor Terry McAuliffe with President Joe Biden.(Terry For Virginia)
Published: Oct. 27, 2021 at 6:45 PM EDT
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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) - Democrat Terry McAuliffe walked into the Virginia governor’s race late last year as the overwhelming frontrunner in a state former President Donald Trump had just lost by 10 points.

But less than a week before the final votes are cast, McAuliffe is locked in a dead heat against a political newcomer who is threatening to become the first Republican to win statewide office in Virginia in more than a decade.

Publicly, McAuliffe is confident in his campaign against Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin, but the handwringing and finger-pointing has quietly begun among Democrats in Virginia and beyond who are openly contemplating the possibility of a worst-case scenario on Nov. 2.

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