Cory Booker to campaign for McAuliffe in Virginia

Cory Booker to campaign for McAuliffe in Virginia
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Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerMaternal and child health legislation must be prioritized now Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Five reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season MORE (D-N.J.) will stump for Terry McAuliffeTerry McAuliffeNortham announces final steps in clearing, ceding area where Lee monument stood Judges uphold GOP win for Virginia state House seat, cementing party control of chamber To empower parents, reinvent schools MORE in Virginia on Wednesday, becoming the latest national Democrat to go to bat for him ahead of next week’s gubernatorial election. 

Booker, a former candidate for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, is set to stop by a campaign office in Northern Virginia in an effort to boost McAuliffe in the run-up to Election Day. 

McAuliffe, a former governor seeking a second term, is facing off against Republican Glenn YoungkinGlenn YoungkinNortham announces final steps in clearing, ceding area where Lee monument stood Judges uphold GOP win for Virginia state House seat, cementing party control of chamber Georgia becomes ground zero for 2022 elections MORE, who has narrowed the polling gap with his Democratic opponent in recent weeks. While Election Day is still a week away, early voting is already underway in the commonwealth.  

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McAuliffe has brought in several prominent national Democrats to stump for him in recent weeks, including Vice President Harris and former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden on Bob Dole: 'among the greatest of the Greatest Generation' Moving beyond the era of American exceptionalism The bully who pulls the levers of Trump's mind never learns MORE.

President BidenJoe BidenChina eyes military base on Africa's Atlantic coast: report Biden orders flags be flown at half-staff through Dec. 9 to honor Dole Biden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package MORE is set to campaign for McAuliffe in Arlington on Tuesday. 

The Virginia governor’s race is seen as a bellwether for the 2022 midterm elections, when Democrats will have to defend their razor-thin congressional majorities. 

While Virginia has drifted to the left in recent years, the governor’s race has become increasingly competitive. A USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Tuesday shows McAuliffe and Youngkin tied at roughly 45 percent each, while another 5 percent of likely voters remain undecided.