Wednesday, December 1, 2021

FACT CHECK: Biden Misrepresents Virginia’s Electoral History

WASHINGTON (AP) – Downplaying his party’s loss in Virginia, President Joe Biden suggested that Democrat Terry McAuliffe could not win the governor’s election, based on the state’s rejection of candidates in that race when their party occupied the White House.

He is not right.

BIDEN: “No governor of Virginia has ever won if he belongs to the same party as the current president.” says Wednesday.

FACTS: This is not the case.

While Virginia has recently elected opposing party governors, McAuliffe himself challenged this trend in 2013 by winning the governor’s mansion when Barack Obama was president.

The election at the time made McAuliffe the only Virginia governor in 44 years to win when his party took over the White House. A. Linwood Holton, Jr., attorney and moderate Republican, previously served as governor in 1969, when Republican Richard Nixon was president.

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On Tuesday, Glenn Youngkin became the first Republican to win a job in the state in a decade, engaging in a culture war over schools and races to rally former President Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters with enough suburban voters to win.

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EDITOR’S NOTE – Look at the veracity of the politicians’ statements.

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