Trump’s Unconventional Campaign has Analysts Puzzled (News Channel 10)

white houseStephen 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."

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Democratic Strongholds in Northern Virginia See Big Increases in Early Voting (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Richmond Times-Dispatch"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.

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Stars Align for Clinton in Virginia as Swing State Appears Solidly in Her Column (Free Lance-Star)

free lance star “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.”

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Republicans Advertise on General Hospital; Democrats Advertise on the Tonight Show (WVTF)

wvtfStephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says that’s nothing compared to 2008 and 2012.

“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.”

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