Mr. Trump, who has endorsed Mr. Youngkin, said he believes the Republican could win against Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe, but he can’t walk a fine line when it comes to embracing him and his movement.
“The only guys that win are the guys that embrace the MAGA movement,” Mr. Trump said Thursday on the John Fredericks Radio Show.
Mr. Trump, who lost Virginia by 10 points in 2020 to President Biden, claimed he would’ve won the state if it hadn’t been for shady election rules.
He also said candidates who try to tread both ways on embracing him but also acting as a moderate tend to lose elections.
“When they try to go down a railroad track, you know, ‘hey, oh yeah, sure, love it, love it. Oh yeah, love Trump. Love Trump. OK, let’s go, next subject.’ When they do that … they never win. They have to embrace it.”
“No, I haven’t,” Mr. Youngkin said in regards to the question. “The polls are showing that we’re up. We’ve got great momentum, and we’re going to run hard for the next six weeks. I think we’re going to win.”
The poll was conducted among 1,000 Virginia residents and 528 likely voters and carried a margin of error of 4.1% among likely voters and 3.1% with registered voters.