US First Lady Jill Biden hits campaign trail in Virginia

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US First Lady Jill Biden cam paigned Friday in Virginia, the battleground in a nailbiting governor’s race seen as a bellwether for next year’s crucial midterm elections.

The 70-year-old educator, who still teaches in the state, was at a grassroots event in Richmond to “mobilize Democrats during early voting” ahead of the November 2 election, party officials said.

Democratic former governor Terry McAuliffe is in a tight race—with the candidates in a virtual tie—against Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin to replace the outgoing Democrat, Ralph Northam.

The majority party usually incurs losses during a president’s first term, but defeat for McAuliffe would send shockwaves through Joe Biden’s Democrats.

“Virginia needs someone who will work towards progress, not refight the battles of our past,” Jill Biden told the crowd.—APP

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