Democrats are targeting black voters in Virginia ahead of a closely watched gubernatorial race, sending top surrogates to spur voters as national trends show the group souring on President Joe Biden.
“Turnout is going to be very important,” said pollster and Democratic strategist Brad Bannon, pointing to party efforts in the state targeting heavily African American areas where Biden won the 2020 presidential election by large margins.
Recent polling by Pew Research Center shows Biden’s approval rating with black voters falling 18 percentage points nationally to 67% since July, prompting concerns among Democrats as the Virginia race tightens.
A Wason Center poll between Sept. 27-Oct. 1 shows former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe