DUMFRIES, Va.: Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to the Washington suburbs on Thursday night to campaign for Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe in a Virginia governor’s race that she acknowledged looks closer than once expected.
This race is tight, Harris told hundreds of cheering supporters in a parking lot outside a county fire station in Dumfries, about 30 miles south of Washington and part of fast-growing Northern Virginia, which has been a key driver in turning what was once a red state more reliably blue. And we got to make it clear, Virginia, that we’re paying attention. We got to make it clear that we’re not taking anything for granted.”
Though Republicans haven’t won statewide office here since 2009, recent polls show McAuliffe who was governor from 2014 to 2018 in a potentially close race with Republican former business executive Glenn Youngkin. Harris is part of a parade of Democratic stars coming to the state to try to energize their base in an off-year race the party hopes can give it momentum heading into 2022’s midterm election when its narrow control of Congress is on the line.