WASHINGTON – The veteran, familiar, and moderately respected candidate has just won Virginia’s Democratic primary for governor. Convincing.
And if that sounds familiar, this is it: Former Governor Terry McAuliffe won more than 60 percent of Tuesday’s primary, following current Governor Ralph Northam (who got 56 percent in the 2017 state primary) and President Joe Biden (who got 53 percent in the 2020 presidential primary).
Also known: Like Biden, McAuliffe was just as popular (or even more) with black voters than the actual black candidates.
Now comes the real comparison this fall, when McAuliffe takes on Republican Glenn Youngkin in the 2021 political race.
But McAuliffe’s success last night begs this question: why aren’t more Democrats embracing Biden’s brand, especially in the early months of his presidency? (After all, how many times have you heard the phrase, “I’m a Joe Biden Democrat.”)
We understand: Biden – and McAuliffe and Northam, to a lesser extent – doesn’t exactly suit younger, more progressive, and diverse Congressional Democrats and Democratic candidates.
- In 2020, Biden ran ahead of most Democratic candidates in competitive states and districts.
- autopsy after this autopsy found that “socialism” and “debilitating the police” harmed the democratic candidate.
- And NBC’s Sahil Kapoor reports on recent focus group findings that voters have difficulty describing what the Democratic Party stands for.
But the Joe Biden Coalition – from Abigail Spanberger and Conor Lamb to Jim Clyburn and Val Demings (which it officially announced) Senate offer this morning) – was a strong and successful coalition for the Democrats.
Why don’t more Democrats take it?
Terry McAuliffe sure did.
On the other hand, another question arises: is Biden’s trademark transferable at all?
Or does it only apply to Dems like the President (and McAuliffe) who have one foot in the older Democratic Party and another in the newer version?
Democratic turnout in Virginia exceeds expectations
With most (if not all) of the votes counted in the Democratic governor’s primary in Virginia last night, the turnout was over 480,000.
That’s more than the 2009 Democratic gubernatorial area code (319,168) but lower than the 2017 Democratic area code (542,858).
But that the turnout of the Democrats yesterday even came close to what it was in the first year of Trump’s presidency, is touted by party strategists.
We didn’t see that in a relatively sleepy preliminary round with few attacks and crazy twists and turns.
Data Download: The Numbers You Need To Know Today
About 62 percent: Terry McAuliffes Support level in the Democratic gubernatorial area of Virginia yesterday
68-32:The Senate vote yesterday Pass a new law that would make the US more competitive with China.
6 percent: The Share of new coronavirus cases linked to the new Delta variant in the USA.
33,555,385: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US per year latest data from NBC News and Health Authorities. (That’s 13,071 more than yesterday morning.)
601,598: The number of deaths in the US from the virus so far is per latest data from NBC News. (That’s 371 more than yesterday morning.)
303,923,667: The number of vaccination doses administered in the USA
39.0 percent: The percentage of all Americans who are fully vaccinated, according to NBC News.
53.1 percent: The Proportion of All American Adults Over 18 Who Are Fully Vaccinated for CDC.
Tweet of the day
CICADA UPDATE – New aircraft arrived, we went on board. Now taxiing for Great Britain, flight time 6:20 am after a delay of almost 7 hours (plus 17 years) due to the flying beetles. G7 summit, here we come.
– Michael D. Shear (@shearm) June 9, 2021
Infrastructure talks collapse: who didn’t see this coming?
“President Joe Biden’s infrastructure talks with Republicans failed on Tuesday,” said the leading GOP negotiator Sahil Kapur, Leigh Ann Caldwell and Julie Tsirkin. from NBC.
“‘I spoke to the president this afternoon and he ended our infrastructure negotiations,” Senator Shelley Moore Capito, RW.Va., said in a statement.
“The end of the talks will put pressure on the Democrats to pass a comprehensive package with a special procedure that does not require Republican votes in the Senate.”
ICYMI: What else is going on in the world?
Shannon Pettypiece Previews Biden’s trip abroad.
And Mike Memoli and Carol Lee write about Biden’s attempt to brand his foreign policy through a domestic lens.
Democrats have reintroduced Laws to protect access to abortion.
Non-partisan negotiators make real progress to a police reform law.
The Biden Administration moves quietly to try to close the US prison in Guantanamo Bay.
Kamala Harris faces difficult tasks – and political risks.
SKIN is (mostly) reinstated an Obama-era discrimination rule that Trump overturned.
It’ll be Jack Ciattarelli for that GOP candidate for governor in New Jersey.