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After chaotic Virginia GOP convention, Democrats see extreme ticket while Republicans feel ‘relief’ (Virginia Mercury)

Stephen Farnsworth, director of the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, believes the distinction Youngkin is now attempting to make is unlikely to influence voters.

“In these highly partisan times, subtle policy distinctions within a party are not going to move a lot of voters,” he said, noting that while Youngkin now acknowledges Biden’s legitimacy, “for months he has emphasized election integrity as a key component of what needs to happen going forward, just like the former president has.”

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Republicans Oust Liz Cheney (CTV News Canada)

Political Science Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that House Republicans will regret the decision to eject Rep. Cheney from the party leadership’s for failing to support the false claims by former President Trump that the 2020 election was stolen. Rep. Cheney will likely become even more critical of the continuing pro-Trump direction of the party now that she is not in the party’s House leadership, Farnsworth said.

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Winsome Sears, former state delegate, wins GOP nomination for Virginia lieutenant governor (Washington Post)

"The biggest problem for the Republican ticket is the fact that Virginia has been trending blue," said Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.

Winsome Sears, former state delegate, wins GOP nomination for Virginia lieutenant governor (Washington Post)

Virginia voters identify as moderate but support progressive policies, poll finds (Virginia Mercury)

“Certainly, the opportunity exists for Republicans to make gains in the Virginia House, and differential partisan turnouts would be one of the reasons Republicans regain majority control, if that happens,” said Stephen Farnsworth, professor and director at the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.

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