Farnsworth Delivers Invited Lecture on Virginia Politics

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, delivered an invited lecture entitled, “A Review of the 2019 Virginia Midterm Elections and a Preview of the 2020 Legislative Session,” at Virginia Executive Institute Alumni Association Meeting in Chesterfield, VA.

Dr. Farnsworth has also been quoted in several regional and national news stories:

Equal Rights Amendment approved by Virginia legislature, headed for legal battle (InsideNova.com; The Central Virginian)

Articles of Impeachment Headed to Senate (CTV News Channel)

How One Election May Have Shifted the Bar for Gun Control (Route Fifty)

Tables Turn in Virginia as Democrats Take Over Legislature (Courthouse News Service)

UMW professor co-authors book on late-night comedy in the age of Donald Trump (The Free Lance-Star)

Farnsworth and Lichter—with a research team that included two current and former UMW students, Jeremy Engel and Noah Gardner, who co-wrote two of the chapters with two George Mason students—analyzed jokes told by late-night comedy show hosts Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah and Jimmy Kimmel during the campaign and the first year of Trump’s presidency.

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Under Trump, voter turnout surges in Virginia’s off-year elections (Washington Post)

“We’ve seen, across the Trump presidency so far, huge spikes in turnout in Virginia,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a University of Mary Washington political scientist. “And it’s very clear that President Donald Trump brings a lot of people to the voting booth. Some vote in support, but, as we saw in Virginia, more vote in opposition.”

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As Democrats seek a nominee, what qualities can they sell to Virginia’s voters? (Virginia Mercury)

Similar polling in other primary states also reflects a preference for Biden, notes Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington. It may be a preference that reflects the Democrats’ most powerful motivation of all: denying Trump re-election…“When you look at polls nationally, you see a careful calculation being made by Democratic voters,” Farnsworth said. “Democrats are terrified that Trump wins a second term. They may be voting with their heads, thinking that Biden can win the election, rather than their hearts.”

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