Election Day 2021: Polls close in Virginia and New Jersey governors' races
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By: Kathryn Watson, Caroline Linton, Melissa Quinn (CBSPolitics)
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By Kathryn Watson, Caroline Linton, Melissa Quinn
Updated on: November 2, 2021 / 10:04 PM / CBS News
Democrat Terry McAuliffe is hoping to win back the Virginia governor's mansion on Tuesday, but standing in the way of a second term is Republican Glenn Youngkin's surge in recent weeks. Polls closed at 7 p.m. ET in Virginia, and as of 8:30 p.m. ET with 50% of the vote in, CBS News can characterize the race as "lean" Republican.
According to exit polls, education and school curriculum — the two issues Youngkin has focused extensively on in the closing weeks of the campaign — were the top issues motivating Youngkin voters. Just over half of all voters said parents should have "a lot" of say in what is taught in their school, whereas 8 in 10 Youngkin voters said parents should have "a lot" of say.
Mr. Biden and former President Trump both loomed large over voters, too, though, with over half saying Mr. Biden is a factor in the race. More Virginia voters disapproved of Mr. Biden's performance as president, with 56% saying they disapprove and 43% saying they approve. Youngkin has tried to keep Mr. Trump at arm's length, and Virginia voters, including Youngkin voters, continue to view him negatively. One in 5 Youngkin voters have a negative opinion of the former president.