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Tight Virginia governor race may be test of Biden popularity

Supporters of Democrat Terry McAuliffe watch vote reports at an election party in McLean, Va.,...
Supporters of Democrat Terry McAuliffe watch vote reports at an election party in McLean, Va., Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021. Voters are deciding between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)(Steve Helber | AP)
Published: Nov. 2, 2021 at 8:31 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 2, 2021 at 8:34 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin were locked in a tight Virginia governor’s race Tuesday night, the most closely watched contest in an off-year election that could prove a referendum on President Joe Biden’s first year in office.

The closeness of the race is a stark departure from 12 months ago, when Biden captured the state by 10 points.

The bruising campaign this year centered on issues including Youngkin’s ties to former President Donald Trump, abortion rights and culture war battles over schools.

But voters saw the economy as the top issue, followed by the coronavirus pandemic, according to AP VoteCast, a survey of statewide voters.

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