“The lieutenant governor matters in two circumstances,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. “The first one is when the Senate is evenly divided. The lieutenant governor also matters if something happens to the governor. But, short of that, you’re basically in the political on-deck circle.”
“Like any competent politician, President Biden has changed to reflect the electorate,” said Stephen Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. “What worked for a Democrat in the 1970s does not work today. This is a much more diverse country, and the Democratic Party is offering very different messaging than it did when Biden entered the Senate.”
Stephen Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, said it’s uncommon to have that many candidates with large amounts of money on hand.