“If you want to know what could happen to you in nine days if you don’t go out and vote, get a newspaper that talks about Georgia. If you want to know what’s going on in nine days, if we don’t get out there and vote, looking at what’s going on in Texas, ”Abrams said. “If you want to know what happens to Virginia, if we don’t vote, if you don’t participate on November 2, then remember how you felt in November 2016.”
The line landed with the audience: many attendees moaned at the idea.
Abrams, a voting rights activist and former gubernatorial candidate, continued to nationalize the race, telling gathered voters that “what you do will indicate what happens in 22-24” and “will set the course for this. nation for the next decade. ”
“He’s going to bring that here,” the former governor said of the Texas abortion law, although Youngkin said he would not be signing the Texas law. “Women’s lives are going to be in danger. … This is no longer a topic of discussion, folks. It’s real. It happened. ”
Youngkin has insisted on abortion throughout the campaign and, when asked if he would support a similar law banning abortions right after a fetal heartbeat is detected – which is often before a woman knows she’s pregnant – and has included the exceptions he supports, Youngkin said, “I think a pain threshold bill would be appropriate. ”
The event in Charlottesville culminated a busy weekend for McAuliffe, who also headlined an event with former President Barack Obama on Saturday in Richmond.
Polls show the race is close, with a recent Monmouth University poll showing Youngkin and McAuliffe with 46% support among registered voters.
One of the dominant themes of the race has been McAuliffe’s attempts to link Youngkin to former President Donald Trump, a figure who remains unpopular in Virginia and lost the Commonwealth by 10 percentage points in 2020.
“We have nine days left. There could not be a more marked difference. I am running against someone who has been approved by Donald Trump, not once, not two, not three times, not four times, not five times, six times approved by Donald Trump, ”McAuliffe yelled during his remarks on Sunday .
He then said, “I beat Donald Trump 2-0. And I’m going to go 3-0 in the next nine days. ”
Youngkin, however, kept Trump at bay somewhat, accepting his endorsement and sometimes praising the former president, while being careful about how he associates with the Republican leader. While Trump phoned an event this month for Youngkin outside of Richmond, he did not hold a rally in the state because Youngkin largely ran a campaign without the best surrogates.
The Republican candidate has yet nationalized the race in his own way.
“Friends, America needs us right now,” Youngkin told an audience in Henrico, Va. On Saturday night. “I’m getting more texts, phone calls and emails from parents all over this great country saying, ‘Glenn, stand up for our kids too, stand up for our kids too.’ ”
He later added, “The future of our nation rests in the present of Virginia. All eyes are on Virginia. ”