Oct 17, 2021 - Politics & Policy
Top Democrats stump for Terry McAuliffe among Black churchgoers
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.