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Farnsworth Comments in the News

Farnsworth Comments in the News Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently commented on the following news stories: Democrats harness vaccinated Americans’ ire at holdouts as a political force (The Washington Times) God, COVID and the Rage Against the Unvaccinated (Bacon’s Rebellion) Youngkin’s calls for bagging Virginia’s grocery tax may hit home for economy-minded voters (The Washington Times)

Youngkin’s calls for bagging Virginia’s grocery tax may hit home for economy-minded voters (Washington Times)

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.

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Democrats harness vaccinated Americans’ ire at holdouts as a political force (Washington Times)

“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.”

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McAuliffe, Youngkin Set to Meet in First Gubernatorial Debate Thursday (WVTF)

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.”

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UMW to Host Public Debates for House of Delegates Seats

UMW to Host Public Debates for House of Delegates SeatsThe University of Mary Washington will host a public political debate between candidates for Virginia’s 28th District House of Delegates seat on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. Incumbent Del. Joshua Cole (D) will face off against opponent Tara Durant (R) live via Zoom, with public viewing accessible through YouTube. Viewers may submit questions for consideration via an online link. “While COVID has forced us to debate online this fall, we can look forward to vigorous discussions about the path forward for Virginia,” said moderator Stephen Farnsworth, UMW professor of political science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies. UMW to Host Public Debates for House of Delegates Seats