Republican Glenn Youngkin projected to have won Virginia governor race

By | November 3, 2021

McAuliffe, who described himself as a “brick wall” in favor of abortion rights, made abortion a central part of his campaign after Texas enacted a law banning abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat. 
“Now we’ve seen in Texas that Roe v. Wade has ended, and Glenn Youngkin – the candidate that I’m running against – wants to do that here in Virginia,” McAuliffe said at a campaign stop at an abortion clinic in Charlottesville Sept. 9. 
“I’ll always fight to protect women’s clinics as governor,” said McAuliffe.
McAuliffe’s campaign also launched an ad criticizing Youngkin for his “far-right agenda” on abortion, and predicted that the Texas law would be a “huge motivator” in getting people to vote.
Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA List, commented Nov. 2 that “McAuliffe arguably made abortion the central issue in his campaign, and it failed spectacularly. This is due in part to Glenn Youngkin punching back in his own TV ad and in the debates, defining McAuliffe as the real extremist for supporting painful late-term abortions.”
Democrats for Life tweeted, “Terry McAuliffe made his campaign about abortion and Youngkin wiped the floor with him. Democrats- let’s not make the same mistakes over and over again. You need pro-life votes. Period.”