Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, agrees.
“Politics is sometimes the story of one step in one direction and then one step back. Politicians are wise not to overreach. If you get out ahead of where the voters are, there could be a pretty powerful reaction,” Farnsworth says. “The outcome of this race is another reminder, if people had forgotten, that Chesterfield is not Richmond’s version of Fairfax County.”