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Pushed on 2020 Election, Youngkin Reminds Virginia Voters of McAuliffe’s Past as an Election Truther

Left: Virginia gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin speaks during a campaign event in McLean, Va., July 14, 2021. Right: Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe participates in a campaign event at Lubber Run Park in Arlington, Va., July 23, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

Glenn Youngkin, the businessman turned Republican nominee for governor in Virginia is reminding voters of his opponent’s past as an election truther.

Youngkin has sought to thread the needle between enthusing Republicans and not offending moderates, a difficult task made trickier by former president Donald Trump’s suggestion last Thursday that Youngkin could only prevail if he embraced the “MAGA movement.”

The candidate has affirmed that he believes President Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election, but raised eyebrows when in a recent sit-down with Axios, he declined to say whether he would have voted to certify it were he a member of Congress.

Terry McAuliffe, who is vying for a second term against Youngkin, was critical.

Youngkin has responded by reminding voters of McAuliffe’s own history of sowing doubt in America’s electoral system, with a new page on Twitter being promoted by his campaign.

In particular, McAuliffe has long been insistent that George Bush stole the 2000 presidential election. Shortly after taking over as chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 2001, for example, McAuliffe claimed that the Supreme Court had “tampered” with the results.

At the 2004 Democratic National Convention, McAuliffe insisted to a roaring crowd that “we actually won the last presidential folks, they stole the last presidential election!”

McAuliffe is on the record asserting that Al Gore “did win the election” as late as 2017, and he even strangely has asserted that his father passed away, at least in part, as a result of Bush’s victory.

The FiveThirtyEight polling average shows a tightening race between Youngkin and McAuliffe, with the latter holding a lead of less than three percentage points. Virginia has not had Republican governor since Bob McDonnell, who was succeeded by McAuliffe in 2014.

Youngkin clarified his position on Monday, saying he “absolutely” would have voted to certify the 2020 election and reminding reporters that he has always recognized Biden as the legitimate president.

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