Glenn Youngkin Is Narrow Favorite to Win Close Virginia Governor's Race

Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin is the favorite to win Tuesday's election in Virginia, according to bookmakers, but the race remains extremely tight.

Bookmakers Betfair, which operates the world's largest online betting exchange, told Newsweek that Youngkin's odds of winning the hotly contested election stood at 4/6 on Tuesday, compared to odds of 11/10 for Democratic candidate and former governor Terry McAuliffe.

The Virginia race has been a close-run affair despite the fact President Joe Biden won the state by 10 points in the 2020 presidential election.

The election is being seen as a test for the Democratic Party following its victory in November 2020.

Several other elections are taking place across the U.S. today, but few have attracted the same levels of interest as the closely fought campaign in Virginia.

"The most interesting race today is for the Virginia governor's office where it's a really tight race," Betfair spokesperson Sam Rosbottom told Newsweek.

"It's been seen as the first real test of the Biden presidency and will give a good indication of what we can expect going into the 2022 midterms next year," he said.

"Biden beat Trump by 10 percent in Virginia in 2020, so if the Democrats were to lose the governorship here it would not bode well. Currently we have the Republican candidate the slight favorite to win at 4/6, while it is 11/10 for the Democrat."

Youngkin has largely kept his distance from former President Donald Trump throughout the race despite winning Trump's endorsement. The former president did not visit Virginia in person but campaigned for Youngkin from a distance.

President Biden, former President Barack Obama and other prominent Democrats have campaigned for McAuliffe in person at events in the state.

Though losing in Virginia would be a blow to Democrats, Betfair's odds show that the party is set for successes elsewhere in the country. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy appears poised for re-election.

"In New Jersey, the Democratic candidate Phil Murphy is the strong 1/10 odds-onfavourite, while Republican Jack Ciattarelli is the 5/1 outsider," Rosbottom told Newsweek on Tuesday.

Murphy's odds have been borne out in polling that has shown the Democrat with a lead of between four and 13 points over Ciattarelli, a businessman and former member of the New Jersey General Assembly.

In New York City, victory for Democratic Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams appears to be a dead certainty. He is facing Republican Curtis Sliwa, founder of the unarmed crime prevention group the Guardian Angels.

"In the New York Mayoral election, it is currently 1/200 that the Democrat Eric Adams wins, while it is 20/1 for a big upset that Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa wins," Rosbottom said.

If Adams wins, he will become just the second Black person to serve as mayor of New York City. The first Black mayor was the late David Dinkins, a Democrat who led the city from 1990 to 1993.

Glenn Youngkin Speaks While Campaigning in Virginia
Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin speaks during a “Parents Matter GOTV Rally” October 13, 2021 in Culpeper, Virginia. Youngkin is the slight favorite to win Tuesday's governor's race. Alex Wong/Getty Images