Fox poll shows Youngkin leading McAuliffe by 8 points among likely voters

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is trailing Republican gubernatorial nominee Glenn Youngkin by 8 points among likely voters in the latest Fox News poll, though the two remain in dead heat among registered voters.

The poll released Thursday found that 53 percent of likely voters are backing Youngkin, with 45 percent in favor of McAuliffe. The margin of error among likely voters is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

When it comes to registered voters overall, however, the race is deadlocked, with 48 percent backing Youngkin and 47 percent supporting McAuliffe.

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Among registered voters, the margin of error is plus or minus 2.5 percentage points.

The new numbers, released on Thursday, come five days before Election Day for Virginia’s gubernatorial race, which will cap off a tense campaign season in a race that experts are saying could serve as a forerunner to next year’s midterm elections.

A number of recent polls have shown McAuliffe and Youngkin to be neck and neck.

Democratic heavyweights have flocked to the Old Dominion to stump for McAuliffe, including President BidenJoe BidenBiden to provide update Monday on US response to omicron variant Restless progressives eye 2024 Emhoff lights first candle in National Menorah-lighting ceremony MORE, former President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBiden celebrates start of Hanukkah The massive messaging miscues of all the president's men (and women) 'Car guy' Biden puts his spin on the presidency MORE, first lady Jill BidenJill BidenJill Biden to reveal theme for White House's annual holiday decor Monday Biden attends tree lighting ceremony after day out in Nantucket Biden meets with Coast Guard on Thanksgiving MORE and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams.

On the Republican side, former President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer defense secretary Esper sues Pentagon in memoir dispute Biden celebrates start of Hanukkah Fauci says lies, threats are 'noise' MORE is scheduled to hold a tele-rally for Youngkin on Monday, though the candidate has largely kept his distance from the former commander in chief.

Trump lost Virginia in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, and is perceived as an unpopular figure in the state.

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He has, however, thrown his support behind Youngkin, who said he is “honored” to receive his endorsement.

The Fox News poll found that interest in the governor’s race among Virginians is high. Seventy-three percent of likely voters and 63 percent of registered voters said they are extremely interested in the race.

Another 24 percent of likely voters and 21 percent of registered voters said they are very interested in the election.

The Fox News poll surveyed 1,212 registered Virginia voters between Oct. 24 and Oct. 27. A subsample of 1,015 likely voters was then established.

Updated at 10:27 p.m.