Former President Trump is holding a virtual rally on Election Eve on behalf of Glenn Youngkin, the Republican nominee in Virginia ’s closely watched showdown for governor, a statewide race with national implications.
Trump’s political team told Fox News on Monday that the get-out-the vote tele-rally would be held at 8 p.m. ET, with text messages and emails being sent out to supporters by the former president and his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.
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Officials with the former president’s Save America political organization told Fox News that Trump "continues to strongly support Glenn Youngkin and is encouraging his massive MAGA movement to get out and vote tomorrow. He is executing a plan that will maximize his impact ahead of Election Day by contacting as many voters as possible." Former President Donald Trump greets supporters during his Save America rally in Perry, Ga., on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Ben Gray) (AP) But the GOP nominee, whom the latest polls indicate is deadlocked with former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe on the eve of the election, isn’t taking part in Trump’s event.
Youngkin, who’s endorsed by Trump but has appeared to keep the former president at arm’s length during the general election campaign, told reporters on Saturday that he didn’t plan on participating.
"I haven’t been involved in that," he said. "But the teams are talking, I’m sure."
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Youngkin, a first-time candidate and former private equity CEO, is holding his own Election Eve rally at 8:30 p.m. in Leesburg in voter-rich Northern Virginia. Trump remains very popular with Republican base voters in Virginia and across the country, and extremely influential with GOP politicians as he continues to play a kingmaker’s role in the party. He has also repeatedly teased another presidential run in 2024. Trump’s endorsement of Youngkin in the spring helped the candidate win Virginia’s heavily contested GOP nomination.
Trump, in a statement on Monday morning, pushed back against "an impression that Glenn Youngkin and I are at odds and don’t like each other…this is not true, we get along very well together and strongly believe in many of the same policies."
"Glenn Youngkin is a good man, a hardworking man, a successful man. He loves Virginia and wants to cut your taxes, save your children’s education, and many other very good things," Trump argued.
John Fredericks, a Virginia-based nationally syndicated conservative talk radio host and Trump’s Virginia campaign chairman in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, told Fox News that "the key to a Republican victory in Virginia rests clearly on the shoulders of Trump voters turning out on game day in massive numbers."
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Nearly all of the final surveys indicate that the race between McAuliffe, who is running for his old job, and Youngkin are deadlocked among likely voters – in a state where Republicans haven’t won an […]