Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington, does not believe a Trump rally would do Gillespie much good: “Northam probably gains at least as much as Gillespie does should Trump campaign shoulder to shoulder with Gillespie,” he said. “The University of Mary Washington poll out this week shows that Gillespie already has the support of nearly all Trump voters. There’s no real evidence in the UMW survey that Corey Stewart voters are nursing a grudge and plan to punish Gillespie. My guess is the fact that Stewart is running for Senate in 2018 has taken the string out of the gubernatorial primary defeat for most of his backers.”
Professor Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington said that much of President Trump’s speech to the United Nations reflected what his voters want to hear, including pressuring the organization to be more efficient and less sympathetic to dictators.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a Virginia Democrat who is up for re-election next year, holds a double-digit lead over three potential Republican opponents in a new statewide poll by the University of Mary Washington.
Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that while the candidates were well-mannered on the debate stage, Virginia’s normally combative gubernatorial contest may soon feature nasty attack ads.
Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that both candidates need to reach undecided voters in the Tuesday night debate, and talking about President Trump is not an effective way to proceed. The best way to reach undecided voters, Farnsworth said, is by talking about community issues that relate to one’s daily life: expanding economic activity, improving schools, and reducing traffic congestion in the state’s urban areas.