President BidenJoe BidenBiden administration takes aim at methane emissions McConnell blasts potential payments to separated migrant families Poll: 50 percent of Republicans don’t believe their vote will be counted accurately MORE on Tuesday predicted Democrat Terry McAuliffe would win the closely watched Virginia gubernatorial race, even as polls have shown him even or trailing heading into Election Day.
“We’re going to win. I think we’re going to win in Virginia,” Biden said at a press conference in Scotland, acknowledging it would be a close race between McAuliffe and Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin and would come down to voter turnout.
The president also expressed confidence New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) would win re-election on Tuesday.
Biden rejected the premise that McAuliffe’s fate is tied to his own performance since taking office in January, arguing off-year elections are often unpredictable.
“I don’t believe, and I’ve not seen any evidence that whether or not I am doing well or poorly, whether or not I’ve got my agenda passed or not is going to have any real impact on winning or losing,” Biden said. “Even if we had passed my agenda, I wouldn’t claim we won because Biden’s agenda passed.”
Tuesday’s electoral slate features multiple state and local elections, as well as some special elections at the congressional level. But most eyes will be on Virginia, where McAuliffe and Youngkin are squaring off in a state Biden won in 2020 by 10 percentage points.
Polls in recent weeks have shifted to show Youngkin, a businessman, pulling even or ahead of McAuliffe, the former governor of Virginia and former Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman.
Biden, Vice President Harris and first lady Jill BidenJill BidenJill Biden to co-host Food Network Thanksgiving special with Trisha Yearwood Overnight Defense & National Security — Sparring over sub deal intensifies Jill Biden visits military families living on base in Naples MORE have all campaigned alongside McAuliffe in recent weeks to try and boost him across the finish line.