Democratic Pollster: ‘If Terry McAuliffe Loses … It’s Catastrophic. It’s a Panic Button’

By Melanie Arter | November 1, 2021 | 11:16am EDT
 President Joe Biden (L) and Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe gesture during a campaign event at Virginia Highlands Park in Arlington, Virginia on October 26, 2021. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden (L) and Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe gesture during a campaign event at Virginia Highlands Park in Arlington, Virginia on October 26, 2021. (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Democratic pollster Cornell Belcher predicted Sunday that if former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, (D) loses the governor’s race to Republican Youngkin, it will be “catastrophic” for Democrats, because the last time a Democrat lost Virginia, they lose 60 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“If Terry McAuliffe loses, you know, ‘Katy, bar the door.’ I mean, it's the deluge,” Belcher said during a roundtable discussion on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. 


“You think it's that catastrophic?” NBC host Chuck Todd asked.

“Yes. It's catastrophic, and it’s a panic button, because the last time a Democrat lost -- and you know this -- the last time a Democrat lost Virginia, we lost 60 seats in this House, right?” Belcher said.

“2009,” Republican strategist Brad Todd said.

NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Kristen Welker said that “it’s already become a circular pointing squad.”

“Because you have the White House saying, ‘Look, if McAuliffe loses, it's not on us.’ McAuliffe is saying, ‘Get in a room and figure this out,’ and I've been speaking to Virginia voters who say they are sick of the intransigence. So it's hard to say that what's happening in Washington won't impact the race.”

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