Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, said suburban Republicans like Hugo and Miyares are walking a fine line on volatile issues like gun control as Democrats make inroads in those communities.
Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that the indictments of President Trump’s former campaign chief and a member of the White House staff reveal that prosecutors are focusing on Russian involvement in the 2016 election. Paul Manafort, the former campaign chair, may choose to cooperate with investigators rather than face 20 years in prison, Farnsworth said.
“If he doesn’t talk, and soon, there will be others close to Trump who will,” Farnsworth said.
University of Mary Washington political science professor Stephen Farnsworth said the attorney general race is a clear right-versus-left campaign, which could make it difficult on “centrist” voters.
Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington, says the off-year tilt toward Republicans likely won’t be as severe as usual again this year for three reasons: Democratic hostility to Trump; an increased number of competitive Democratic State House candidates inspired largely by that hostility who will work to turn out their party’s vote; and the presence on the ticket of an African-American Lt. Governor nominee, Justin Fairfax.
Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that President Trump has gotten off to a very rocky start. The good news for Trump going forward, Farnsworth said, is that he seems to be listening more to the experienced voices in his administration.