According to Simon Vance, a McAuliffe data adviser, “the comparison to 2020 isn’t really a good one.” It’s not a drop-off that you’re seeing, but people reverting back to their old habits.”
It was noted by the McAuliffe campaign that approximately 175,000 mail ballots had been requested but had not yet been returned. Vance said, “We know those are our people, and we’re pursuing them aggressively.”
Former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will campaign with McAuliffe in the coming days in order to help him increase turnout. Last Sunday, Georgia voting rights activist Stacey Abrams visited three Norfolk, Va., churches and appeared alongside McAuliffe at a rally outside an early voting site. This election is about getting everyone out to vote, McAuliffe said.
On that particular day, there were 370 people who came out to vote early in person in Norfolk. That was dubbed anaemic by the Youngkin campaign. There should have been at least three times as many people in attendance, Davison argued.
Vance was unconvinced. He predicted a high turnout for McAuliffe’s reelection bid.
“The real story will be told if we see 70, 65 percent of the total electorate voting on Election Day,” he said.
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