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Obama sharply criticizes Youngkin in Va. governor’s race

Former President Barack Obama, left, waves during a rally with Democratic gubernatorial...
Former President Barack Obama, left, waves during a rally with Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, right, in Richmond, Va., Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. McAuliffe will face Republican Glenn Youngkin in the November election. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)(Steve Helber | AP)
Published: Oct. 24, 2021 at 6:48 AM CDT
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RICHMOND, Va (AP) — Former President Barack Obama has offered a sharp rebuke of the Republican candidate for Virginia governor while campaigning for the Democrat in the closely contested race.

Obama spoke at a rally Saturday in Richmond and accused Republican Glenn Youngkin of encouraging what Obama called “lies and conspiracy theories” about the 2020 presidential election.

A Youngkin campaign spokesman called Obama’s remarks “false statements.” The Democrat in the race for Virginia governor, Terry McAuliffe, is seeking a second but nonconsecutive term. Virginia is the only state whose governor cannot serve consecutive terms.

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