Still, the results suggest that voters wanted to send a message, said Stephen J. Farnsworth, a University of Mary Washington political science professor. “This was really an extraordinary rebuke of Donald Trump and all he stands for,” Dr. Farnsworth said.
Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said the latest unconfirmed reports relating to Donald Trump and Russia will create problems for pro-Russian cabinet nominees as well as for president-elect himself.
“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.”
“When you look at the Republican [gubernatorial] field, they’re all basically in the mid-30’s. That means there’s a lot of uncertainty about how those candidates might do a year from now.”
“Scott Walker is going to be seen as a compelling candidate by a lot of Republicans,” said Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington. “The fact that he does not focus on foreign policy for many Republicans is going to be an asset. That he focuses on bread and butter issues, that he focuses on social issues, these are things that many Republicans are going to want to see in their nominee.”
Stephen Hanna of the University of Mary Washington created a map as part of a research project by Stephen Farnsworth, Stephen Hanna and Benjamin Hermerding. It contrasts the shift in the vote for Mark Warner between 2001, when he became governor, with his vote in 2014. The swollen blue areas were more likely to vote for Warner over the span of 13 years — but also overlap with the areas where turnout dipped the most…..
As Farnsworth, Hanna, and Hemmerding put it: “The sea of rural blue that Warner enjoyed in 2001 has been replaced by deep red Republican sentiments. Rural voters who once backed him are now far less likely to split their tickets.”