“The way to beat a Republican incumbent is to claim that you are more conservative than that incumbent. The Stimpson message is the strongest possible message they could offer,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, which is in the district.
But about three weeks from the June 9 primary, Stimpson’s chances of ousting Howell, who has served in the House of Delegates for 27 years, appear slim, Farnsworth said.
“At the moment, the circumstances do seem to be favoring Howell. He is raising a lot more money, he has campaigned very aggressively, and the Stimpson campaign seems to be having trouble to be getting out of its starting blocks.”
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