Stephen J. Farnsworth, University of Mary Washington professor of political science and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies, said Mr. Youngkin is seeking to strike a delicate balance between energizing the base of the Republican Party without turning off the suburban voters that helped Democrats dominate recent statewide elections, and disliked Mr. Trump.
“The Newsom campaign was very effective in using the rage against the unvaccinated and the specter of Trumpism to get out Democratic voters,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, professor of politics at the University of Mary Washington. “All indications are that McAuliffe is using the same playbook, and the success in California suggests he might double down on that strategy.”
Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says this is the time for candidates to communicate directly to voters.
“Sometimes people who are newer to campaigns struggle in establishing themselves as effective debaters, their command of policy, their ability to respond quickly,” explains Farnsworth. “It’s not like being an effective debater makes you an effective governor. But you may never get the chance if you’re not good at this.”