RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – Virginia gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe and Glenn Youngkin faced off on the debate stage for the first time Thursday at Appalachian School of Law in Grundy.

During the debate, much like the campaign trail, both candidates went back and forth on coronavirus vaccine mandates, abortion rights, tax policy, and election security.

In a statewide poll released today, the governor’s race is neck and neck and undecided voters appear to favor the GOP nominee.

Susan Page, Washington bureau chief of USA Today, moderated Thursday’s debate and was joined by Bob Holsworth, a Virginia political analyst, and Candace Burns, an anchor for CBS 6 News in Richmond.

The candidates agreed to two debates, tonight’s meeting and another in northern Virginia on Sept. 28.