The Virginia Governor’s Race Is a Republican Poll Watchers Test Run
The Virginia governor’s race, a dead heat between Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin, is being regarded as a bellwether for the 2022 midterms, with Democrats trying to turn it into a referendum on former President Donald Trump and Republicans trying to turn it into a referendum on current President Joe Biden. But the contest may also be a different kind of preview of 2022 and 2024: The role poll watchers, seemingly inspired by Trump’s election fraud lies, will play in upcoming cycles.
As the Washington Post reported Wednesday, a surge of GOP election observers are flooding the Virginia gubernatorial race, apparently driven by the party’s push to ensure the system’s “integrity”—the euphemism allies of the former president have used to enact voter suppression laws and sow distrust in the democratic process. The 2020 election was not “rigged,” as Trump continues to claim, and even Youngkin, a MAGA Republican, has publicly acknowledged that Biden was legitimately…