McAuliffe releases ad hitting Youngkin over his latest call for audit of voting machines

McAuliffe releases ad hitting Youngkin over his latest call for audit of voting machines
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Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee and former Gov. Terry McAuliffeTerry McAuliffeTo empower parents, reinvent schools Pollster says he would tell Democrats running in 2022 that 'we have a problem' Democrats anxious over Abrams silence on Georgia governor bid MORE released an ad Wednesday hitting his GOP opponent Glenn YoungkinGlenn YoungkinPolitics must accept the reality of multiracial America and disavow racial backlash To empower parents, reinvent schools Pollster says he would tell Democrats running in 2022 that 'we have a problem' MORE over Youngkin's most recent call for an audit of voting machines in the state, marking the latest spot in the campaign's ad war. 

The 15-second spot, which was first seen by The Hill, ties Youngkin's calls for an audit of voting machines in Virginia to former President TrumpDonald TrumpBaldwin calls Trump criticism following 'Rust' shooting 'surreal' Haley hits the stump in South Carolina Mary Trump files to dismiss Trump's lawsuit over NYT tax story MORE's unfounded claims about fraud and voting machines in the 2020 presidential election. 

"Glenn Youngkin, putting Trump's agenda first," the ad's narrator says. 

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Youngkin re-upped his calls for an audit on Virginia's voting machines on Monday. 

"I think we need to make sure that people trust these voting machines," he said during a virtual forum with the Richmond Crusade for Voters.

"And I just think, like, I grew up in a world where you have an audit every year, in businesses you have an audit. So let's just audit the voting machines, publish it so everybody can see it," he said. 

Youngkin's campaign told The Hill that the Republican had been calling for audits since February.

"He believes audits are a best practice when it comes to administering elections, and he will ensure Virginia continues to conduct audits and that they are thorough, efficient, and accurate," the spokesperson said.

Additionally, Youngkin has acknowledged he believes President BidenJoe BidenManchin to vote to nix Biden's vaccine mandate for larger businesses Congress averts shutdown after vaccine mandate fight Senate cuts deal to clear government funding bill MORE is the legitimately elected president. 

His reiterated calls for an audit follow recently announced audits in Texas and the conclusion of the GOP-led audit in Arizona that found Biden defeated Trump in the state last year. 

The ad from McAuliffe is the latest in the slew of spots that has been released by both campaigns in Virginia. On Tuesday, McAuliffe released digital ads about Youngkin's role in music mogul Scooter Braun's purchase of Taylor SwiftTaylor Alison SwiftThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Pelosi takes victory lap after breaking months-long standoff The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - House to vote on Biden social spending bill after McCarthy delay The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by ExxonMobil - Gosar censured as GOP drama heightens MORE's master recordings in 2019.

Youngkin's team, on the other hand, have zeroed in on comments from McAuliffe at last week's gubernatorial debate in which he said he did not believe parents should be telling schools what to teach. The Republican released an ad last week highlighting the comments.