The Trafalgar Group, a well-known political polling company, released a new survey revealing that the Republican candidate running for Governor of Virginia, Glenn Youngkin, would have the majority vote if the gubernatorial election were held today.
Youngkin, who was endorsed by President Trump, leads over his Democrat challenger Terry McAuliffe by a small margin of 48.4 percent. McAuliffe, who was formerly the governor of Virginia, totaled in at 47.5 percent, according to the Thursday poll.
Democrats have won six out of nine of Virginia’s most recent gubernatorial elections. 2014 was the last time when a Republican governor occupied the state’s highest elected office. However, the momentum for Youngkin seems to be gaining steam among parents within the state.
The Trafalgar survey revealed that education was one of the most important topics that proved to likely voters. The question concerning education comes on the heels of a controversial statement made by McAuliffe. “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” said McAuliffe. On the contrary, “I believe parents should be in charge of their kids’ education,” said Youngkin.
The issue’s rise in priority for Virginia voters also comes after the DOJ threatened to crackdown on anti-CRT parents who continue to protest “woke” curriculum and mask mandates in Loudoun County public schools.
Time will tell how the governor’s race will shake out, but parents are warming up to Youngkin and his educational policies.