November 29, 2021

Virginia gubernatorial candidates face off on education as polls show it top issue among state voters

Virginia candidates for the governor’s office are facing the reality that education is the number one issue on the minds of Virginia’s registered voters, according to a poll by The Washington Post.

Breitbart News reported that Post columnist James Holmann tweeted on Friday how that might effect the race, saying that education, which has been a hot button issue in the state, has now taken over the economy as the primary issue:

“In September, education voters favored McAuliffe by 33 points, but now they tilt toward Youngkin by nine points,” Hohmann wrote.

The poll, conducted Oct. 20-26, showed that more voters were worried about issues surrounding the public school system than over either the economy or coronavirus, two topics that were at the top of the mound in September.

“The Virginia gubernatorial race between former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin comes as parents are fully engaged in local education issues, many battling against woke school boards and local school officials promoting the teaching of concepts associated with Critical Race Theory (CRT) and LGBTQ activism, and insisting on mask mandates for all children in schools,” the Post reported.

The candidates on both sides of the political isle have attempted to zero in on the issue with Democrat and former Virigina Gov. Terry McAuliffe saying, “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach,” during a debate with Youngkin.

“I’m not going to let parents come into schools and actually take books out and make their own decisions,” the Democrat asserted.

His opponent took the complete opposite stance saying that, he believes “parents should be in charge of their kids’ education,” something conservatives have consistently advocated for.

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