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2021 US Politics Odds: The Importance Of Being Virginia’s Governor

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2021 US Politics Odds: The Importance Of Being Virginia’s Governor
Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Virginia for a second term. Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

The Virginia gubernatorial race is poised to become a referendum on not only Donald Trump’s politics but Joe Biden as well according to political analysts.

Top sportsbooks have rolled out political odds for this much anticipated and potentially defining election. The Democratic party is the indisputable frontrunner to win the governor’s seat in this predominantly blue state. But the Republicans fancy their chances regardless, even though the odds currently trading stack up heavily against a GOP victory.

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2021 Virginia Gubernatorial Election – Party To Win

  • Democratic Party -450
  • Republican Party +300

Contrary to the political betting odds, a number of polls are painting a much closer race between the Democrats and Republicans. And that has the Democratic party seriously worried and on tenterhooks.

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe hopes to win the race for his party. He ran unopposed in the 2013 gubernatorial race and served one term. He hopes to become only the second governor after Mills Godwin to win two non-consecutive terms in Virginia.

In a recent interview, McAuliffe claimed that a loss for the Democratic Party in Virginia would pave the way for Donald Trump’s resurgence in America.

Former president Barak Obama is to join forces with McAuliffe and help the former Virginia governor in his bid. If that’s not a sign of just how concerned the Democrats are, what is? McAuliffe himself stressed McAuliffe, “the stakes could not be greater,” after announcing the high-profile guest appearance.

McAuliffe is facing a strong challenge from his Republican counterpart Glenn Youngkin, the former co-CEO of the Carlyle Group. Youngkin is a first-time political candidate but he’s proving to be a worthy adversary as the race in Virginia is said to be neck-and-neck between the pair by various pollsters.

Election day is slated for November 2, giving the Democrats a couple of weeks to make significant gains. Obama successfully helped the incumbent Virginia governor Ralph Northam defeat the Republican challenge from Ed Gillespie in 2017.

McAuliffe is expecting first lady Jill Biden to make an appearance in the coming days as he ramps up his campaign. As well, former gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, who ran in 2018 in Georgia but lost to her Republican counterpart.

President Joe Biden previously made an appearance in support of McAuliffe, but his own flailing polling numbers could be a drag. So, claimed McAuliffe when he said suggested the president’s sagging popularity was hurting his campaign on a virtual call to supporters.

During the call, McAuliffe said, “We are facing a lot of headwinds from Washington, as you know. The President is unpopular today unfortunately here in Virginia, so we got to plough through.”

He later retracted the statement when speaking to CNN’s Dana Bush. In response to Bush’s question whether Biden and the Democrats’ lack of action was dragging him down he said, “It’s not dragging me down. I worry about the people of Virginia.”

This fall’s election for governor in Virginia is just one race in a wide spectrum of political races on the American landscape, but it has the potential to set the tone for the 2022 midterm elections which are crucial for both the Democratic and Republican party.

If Republican Glenn Youngkin can pull off the victory it would tip the scale in favor of the Republicans for next year’s midterm elections. History typically favors the party that is not in the office, so a win in Virginia would underscore that historical trend. It would also act as a sobering referendum on Biden’s administration soon after his historic 2020 US Elections victory.

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Politics odds currently favor the Republicans to win the House while at the same time tips the Republicans with an equal shot to control the Senate.

Which Party will control the Senate after the 2022 Midterm Election?

  • Democratic Party -115
  • Republican Party -115

Which Party will win the House in the 2022 Midterm Election?

  • Democratic Party +185
  • Republican Party -250