Politico Playbook reports:
A Virginia tipster sent us this mailer they received that includes an endorsement of Youngkin from Donald Trump and has a MAGA-inspired design. But on closer inspection, the piece was actually paid for and sent by the state Democratic Party. Clever! Recent polls have the high-stakes race between McAuliffe and Youngkin as a neck-and-neck contest — and that means it could take days to determine the winner.
With early voting underway for the Virginia election, WaPo’s Meagan Flynn and Shawn Boburg write that poll watchers have been at locations “every day, all day long, watching the process of what’s going on,” according to Loudoun County General Registrar Judy Brown. “And in a county that has been trending blue for years, more poll watchers are wearing Republican badges, Brown said, often outnumbering Democrats 2 to 1 at each location.”
NEW — Trump is NOT going to Va before the election, aides say. His proclamation that he would visit “soon” caught the Youngkin campaign off guard. Even some Trump confidants had no clue.https://t.co/5U9t7GKVt7
— Sam Stein (@samstein) October 28, 2021
Let me tell you how I think this went down.
Trump wants to go to Virginia.
Jeff Rowe, Youngkin’s consultant (friend of Jared) lost his mind and called Jason Miller or Suzie Wiles.
now they’re floating this story in hopes it will persuade Trump to not travel to Virginia.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) October 28, 2021
“Trump’s potential visit to Virginia to publicly show support for Youngkin was announced just hours after the Lincoln Project… released their latest advert suggesting Youngkin is ‘embarrassed’ of him.” https://t.co/L5bzy5qaHo
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) October 28, 2021