Republican Glenn Youngkin is closing out Virginia’s governor’s race with a powerful emphasis on schooling — releasing a digital advert Friday that highlights his opponent’s place on essential race concept (CRT).

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Titled “Social Warrior,” the six-figure advert quotes former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in an obvious try to affiliate him with so-called social justice warriors and their adoption of left-wing concepts about identification. 

McAuliffe has tried to downplay the controversy over CRT by, for instance, calling it a “right-wing conspiracy.” However earlier this month, leaked paperwork confirmed his Division of Schooling telling colleges to “embrace” the controversial ideology. Different revelations equally confirmed Loudoun County, doubtless the epicenter of CRT debates and one among Virginia’s most watched in elections, using CRT in its faculty system.

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Youngkin’s advert begins with footage of Loudoun trainer Laura Morris, who resigned  throughout a college board assembly whereas denouncing politicized agendas in lecture rooms.

“Terry McAuliffe brought about chaos in our colleges,” a narrator says. The advert proceeds to point out McAuliffe describing himself as a “social warrior” and stating his curiosity in a curriculum change. 

“Cease McAuliffe’s chaos,” the narrator provides. “Vote for Glenn Youngkin.”

Friday’s advert, which is about to seem on digital platforms, comes amid a brand new Fox Information ballot exhibiting an enormous shift, with Youngkin taking the lead with an 8-point margin amongst doubtless voters. Amongst registered voters, the margin is slimmer – McAuliffe with 47% and Youngkin with 48%. Pollsters say GOP enthusiasm has elevated since two weeks in the past when McAuliffe led Youngkin by 11 factors amongst registered voters.

Throughout that point, the media has continued to carry consideration to sexual assault allegations popping out of a Loudoun highschool in addition to the political fallout from that scenario. What was maybe McAuliffe’s most controversial remark – “I do not assume mother and father ought to be telling colleges what they need to educate” – got here throughout a debate that occurred earlier than that interval.

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Schooling, and CRT particularly, may drive moderates to the polls because the controversial ideology has prompted backlash from either side of the political spectrum. 

Fox’s polling revealed 52% of doubtless voters thought Youngkin would do a greater job on schooling in comparison with 44% for McAuliffe. Youngkin equally noticed giant leads on the financial system and crime, however the margin was a lot narrower for the coronavirus (45% for McAuliffe in comparison with 46% for Youngkin).

Youngkin was one among many main Republican gubernatorial candidates to signal onto 1776 Motion’s anti-CRT pledge earlier this 12 months. Since then, he is made the difficulty a precedence and pledged to ban CRT on his first day in workplace – underscoring the political saliency of the hot-button subject.

McAuliffe has accused Youngkin of taking his feedback out of context and tried to tie Youngkin to former President Trump.

In a latest advert, McAuliffe reveals footage of the Jan. 6 riot, racially charged protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, and feedback Youngkin made about election integrity. After exhibiting Youngkin touting Trump’s help, the advert asks Virginians to take a special path. 

“This election is about lifting up all Virginians and defending our democracy, what we stand for, and how much commonwealth our youngsters will inherit,” a narrator says. “Let’s select a greater manner.”

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