“With the lewd tape, Trump went from being a drag on the Comstock campaign to an anchor,” said Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA, said via email that mobilizing voters directly has been the most effective way to yield campaign results. Additionally, Trump is banking on the same message he used in the primaries to propel him to the White House, and so far, the results have not materialized in the same way. "The moderate voters who decide the election are not nearly as angry as those who voted in the Republican primary," Farnsworth said. "In many ways, primaries are like football: 3 yards and a cloud of dust. General elections are like basketball: a much more wide-open, fast-moving game. Trump’s team seems to still be playing football, which doesn’t work on a basketball court." Link to report
"The early voting gap between Democratic- and Republican-leaning areas of the state suggests that Republicans might be wise to increase their voter contacts in the next several weeks," said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington. Link to report
“Even if Trump falls short in 2016 in Virginia, the Republicans are in a pretty good position for the next governor’s race,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political-science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “To think Virginia is on its way to becoming the next Maryland is preposterous.” Link to report
“And so what you have during the last two election cycles I think really created kind of a harvest time for television networks. Lots of money coming in and they just had to rake it up.”