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Will Youngkin’s Campaign for Virginia Candidates Lead to a Presidential Run?

Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin is currently campaigning for Republicans in Virginia, with the goal of securing control of the General Assembly in the upcoming November elections. His efforts have sparked speculation about a potential late entry into the race for the White House.

Youngkin has been vocal about the importance of the Virginia elections, stating, “The most important election in the nation, I believe, is Virginia this year.” He is focused on maintaining Republican control of the House, winning the Senate, and getting other Republican candidates, such as Bill Woolf, elected.

When asked about rumors of Rupert Murdoch encouraging him to run for president, Youngkin acknowledged meeting many people who have shown support for what he is doing in Virginia. However, he emphasized that his current focus is on Virginia, where he aims to deliver on his promises of lowering the cost of living, supporting law enforcement, and improving education.

A recent poll by Virginia Commonwealth University showed that if the election were held today in Virginia, 44% of Virginians would vote for Youngkin if the candidates were him and President Joe Biden, while 37% would vote for Biden. In a hypothetical matchup between Biden and former President Donald Trump, 43% said they would vote for Biden and 40% for Trump. If the candidates were Biden and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, each candidate would receive 41% of the vote.

Meanwhile, Youngkin is traveling across Virginia’s 125 counties to support Republican candidates and flip the state Senate to GOP control. He is focusing on issues related to family, public safety, and education, which were instrumental in his successful 2021 gubernatorial campaign.

Senate Democrats have blocked several Republican-backed bills, including one that would require parental permission for minors to have a social media account and another that would have prohibited social media companies from collecting and selling Virginians’ personal data. Republican efforts to charge fentanyl dealers with felony homicide indictments if their victims die were also halted.

Youngkin’s political action committee, Spirit of Virginia, has raised over $6 million to support GOP candidates across the state. Early voting is set to begin on September 22, and the campaign is providing voters with instructions on how to cast their ballots early through palm cards with QR codes.

While a successful Republican performance in the November elections could enhance Youngkin’s chances for a future presidential bid in 2024, experts suggest that the results of the Virginia legislative elections may not have a significant impact on his presidential aspirations.

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