Oct 17, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Top Democrats stump for Terry McAuliffe among Black churchgoers

Stacey Abrams speaks during a Souls to the Polls rally

Stacey Abrams speaks during a Souls to the Polls rally supporting Terry McAuliffe on Oct. 17. Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images

Top Democrats came out to campaign for Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe on Sunday across many of the state's Black churches, emphasizing the importance of the upcoming Nov. 2 election.

Driving the news: Stacey Abrams visited three Black churches Sunday on behalf of McAuliffe, and framed the election as a bellwether for the 2022 midterms, AP reported.

  • “What you say in 2021 will show the world who we are in 2022 and 2024 and beyond," Abrams said.

The big picture: McAuliffe spent Sunday engaged in a "Souls to the Polls" series of church visits aimed at encouraging voter turnout.

  • In addition to Abrams, Vice President Kamala Harris addressed more than 300 Black churches across Virginia in a video message aired during morning services, saying McAuliffe "is the leader Virginia needs at this moment," per CNN.
  • First lady Jill Biden campaigned for McAuliffe on Friday, and President Biden is expected to visit the state as well, according to AP.
  • Former President Barack Obama will join McAuliffe at a campaign event on Oct. 23, per ABC News.
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