Category Archives: UMW in the News

Gillespie keeps the door open to campaigning with Trump. Would it help or hurt in Virginia? (Washington Post)

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.”

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Previewing the Debate for Governor of Virginia (WRC-TV, Washington)

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.

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