“The reality is if Youngkin wins, this will be a big problem for Biden’s agenda because some of the Democratic members of Congress who are on the fence on some of Biden’s initiatives will be less inclined to support a president who doesn’t seem to be as favorably viewed as he was a year ago,” said Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia.
What are the biggest issues on voters’ minds, and how are the statewide candidates faring? We hear from Stephen Farnsworth, a professor and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington.
"Every gubernatorial election in Virginia is seen as a leading political indicator. How the parties do in Virginia's governor's race, the year after a presidential election, is seen as a harbinger of how the parties will do in the midterm elections," said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at University of Mary Washington in Virginia.
“It's yet another indication that this is a very, very, competitive election,” said Dr. Stephen J. Farnsworth, political scientist and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington. “The fact that the Democratic strongholds are not coming in with comparable numbers in this election cycle still makes this a problem the McAuliffe campaign should take seriously.”
“In a state Biden won by 10 percentage points, by any reasonable measure, this race should not be this close,” says Stephen Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington. “There are very few persuadable voters, so it’s a base election, and the narrative from both campaigns is that we are at the precipice for democracy if the other party wins. It’s Handmaid’s Tale or socialist nightmare.”
Stephen J. Farnsworth directs the University of Mary Washington Center for Leadership and Media Studies. Sally Burkley is a research associate at the center.