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Virginia's Gubernatorial Election Has Become a Referendum on Public Schools

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reason.com: “Virginia's Gubernatorial Election Has Become a Referendum on Public Schools”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

One week from today, voters in Virginia will go to the polls to pick their next governor, and school choice has become the defining issue of the race—though perhaps not exactly in the way that libertarians would prefer.

Because Virginia law does not allow sitting governors to run for reelection, the two major-party candidates seeking to replace Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam are Democrat Terry McAuliffe, who was the state's governor from 2014 through 2018, and Republican Glenn Youngkin, the former CEO of The Carlisle Group, a venture capital firm. The race should have been a relatively easy one for McAuliffe in a state that's increasingly out of reach for Republicans: Virginia has elected only one Republican governor this century, and the GOP hasn't won a Senate race in the state since 2002 or a presidential race since 2004.

He may still prevail, but McAuliffe stepped in it during the final debate between the two candidates last month when he responded to a question about parent-led protests at school board meetings by saying "I don't think parents should be telling schools what they should teach."

That line has been getting heavy rotation in the campaign ads that have been hammering Virginia airwaves for weeks.

There are two ways to tell that the moment—and the ads it spawned—have significantly shifted the race. First, recent polls show that parents of school-age children are far more likely to support Youngkin.

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