With every week to go till Election Day in Virginia in a deadlocked gubernatorial race with nationwide implications, Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin is spotlighting that he’ll “always stand up for Virginia’s parents.”

Youngkin’s full courtroom press in tapping into the anger of many mother and father over selections by their native college boards seems to be a key issue that’s fueled the first-time candidate’s marketing campaign, serving to to push him right into a tie with former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a state that now-President Biden received by 10 factors only a 12 months in the past.

If Youngkin comes out on high subsequent week and turns into the primary Republican to win statewide in Virginia in a dozen years, anticipate his emphasis on standing up for folks and taking goal in school boards and directors to be a blueprint for the GOP because the celebration goals to win again the House of Representatives and Senate majorities within the 2022 midterm elections.

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“I think it’s clearly going to be a big issue,” Sen. Rick Scott of Florida, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), instructed Fox News on Monday.

Youngkin, in a marketing campaign advert that’s at the moment closely in rotation throughout the commonwealth, stresses that “Virginia parents have a right to make decisions on their children’s education. That’s the Virginia I grew up in.”  

And Youngkin,  former CEO of a big personal fairness agency and father of 4 youngsters, costs that “Terry McAuliffe wants to change that.”

His industrial then makes use of a viral clip from the second and last debate between the 2 candidates the place McAuliffe, who’s operating for his previous job, stated “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.”

Public college schooling has historically been a number one situation in gubernatorial contests throughout the nation. But amid a 12 months and a half of frustration over college closures and masks mandates because of the coronavirus pandemic and the push by conservatives nationwide to focus on race-focused curriculum, together with this 12 months’s nicely publicized battles over essential race principle in Virginia’s Loudon County, Republicans see schooling and oldsters’ rights as a successful situation to try to recapture suburban voters who fled the GOP throughout former President Donald Trump’s White House tenure. 

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And that was earlier than McAuliffe’s unforced error on the last debate, which Republicans have repeatedly spotlighted over the following weeks.

“This has given a big opening for Youngkin and he’s grabbed it,” longtime GOP guide and Fox News contributor Karl Rove stated final week on “America’s Newsroom.”

Youngkin argued in an interview Monday on Fox News’ “The Faulkner Focus” that “Virginians have a moment to stand up, not just for the future of Virginia’s kids, but for America’s kids. And that’s why this race is so important to everyone right now.”

“The nation is watching because they recognize that when Virginians stand up and take a state that has been blue and elect a Republican governor, it’s going to make a statement that’s going to be heart not just around the country, but around the world,” Youngkin predicted.

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, left, and Republican nominee, Glenn Youngkin, participate in their debate at Northern Virginia Community College, in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, left, and Republican nominee, Glenn Youngkin, take part of their debate at Northern Virginia Community College, in Alexandria, Va., Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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The newest polls recommend Youngkin has pulled even in current weeks with McAuliffe, who launched his marketing campaign at an occasion at a public college final December to showcase his schooling plan.

Longtime Democratic strategist Brad Woodhouse argued that “what parents are really going to be concerned about in this election in Virginia and in the elections next year is who is taking care to make sure their kids are safe from the coronavirus, and who is making sure that their kids are going to school full-time, year round, five days a week. And that contrast could not be clearer. It is the Biden-McAuliffe-Democratic approach to getting rid of this coronarius, making sure people are safe.”

“That’s going to be the deciding factor in Virginia and it’s going to be a big deal in 2022,” Woodhouse, a former senior Obama marketing campaign adviser and former Democratic National Committee communications director, famous.