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At GOP Convention, Youngkin bids for national role (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“I am sure the governor hopes that national Republicans will think of him a lot in the next four years, but his speech will not rank up there with Obama’s 2004 speech," said Stephen Farnsworth, a University of Mary Washington political scientist. "Of course if Trump wins, Youngkin may end up in his cabinet.” At GOP Convention, Youngkin bids for national role (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Kamala Harris’s Rebranding Could Make Her ‘More Sympathetic’ (Newsweek)

Stephen J. Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington, told Newsweek that her memes can help her reach young voters. "Vice President Harris has shown a greater ability to connect with younger voters than President Biden has. Her many appearances on college campuses and before younger groups, her focus on abortion rights, and her meme game make her an ambassador of sorts from the administration to younger adults," he said. Kamala Harris’s Rebranding Could Make Her ‘More Sympathetic’ (Newsweek)

New campaign finance figures show millions on hand for some candidates (WVTF)

"Increasingly, you're going to be looking at a Democratic Party that is playing triage," says Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington. "Where are the best places for Democrats to invest their money? They're going to be thinking about that, and it may be that they will be looking at the 7th much more aggressively than the 2nd." New campaign finance figures show millions on hand for some candidates (WVTF)

Spanberger gets big jump as Democrats look to 2025 (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

"It's clear that the Democrats are planning already for 2025," said Steve Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington. "A lot of money is being dropped on candidates who aren't on the ballot this year. Spanberger gets big jump as Democrats look to 2025 (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Farnsworth Focuses on Marquee National Races and Virginia Decisions

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, continued his commentary for upcoming elections following the presidential debate, recent Supreme Court decisions, and Virginia news.

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2 Army veterans set for major House battle in Virginia (Yahoo News)

“It’s going to be one of the marquee national races this fall,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political analyst at the University of Mary Washington.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/2-army-veterans-set-major-130751669.html

Virginia House, Senate reach agreement on military education program (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“It’s never a good idea to anger voters, particularly military families,” said Steve Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, in the heart of the 7th Congressional District. “The failure to pass something hurts the two Democrats facing the toughest campaign terrain in November.”

https://richmond.com/news/state-regional/government-politics/virginia-military-education-benefit-youngkin-lucas-vindman-anderson-kiggans-smasal/article_b70fa6f2-388f-11ef-a061-aba27012d6aa.html#tracking-source=home-top-story

Virginia analysts weigh in on Supreme Court’s presidential immunity ruling (The Daily Progress)

Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington, said the Supreme Court “further reduced the slim chances” of a federal trial before the election stemming from Trump’s actions relating to Jan. 6, 2021.

https://dailyprogress.com/news/state-regional/government-politics/virginia-trump-presidential-immunity/article_475a2a63-e0b0-5132-8384-d091d3455cce.html

Not with a bang, but a whimper (Virginia Business)

“The only thing that the legislature really did is the one thing they have to do: Pass a budget,” says Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington who has tracked the state legislature for decades. “This is a session that would qualify as one of the more forgettable ones.”

https://www.virginiabusiness.com/article/not-with-a-bang-but-a-whimper

Farnsworth Lectures on Presidential Election in Poland

Stephen Farnsworth, professor of Political Science and director of the University’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, recently presented a lecture, "The State of the U.S. Presidential Election," at the British-American Studies Center of Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland. The talk was derived from portions of Dr. Farnsworth's recently published book, Presidential Communication and Character: White House News Management from Clinton and Cable to Twitter and Trump. Dr. Farnsworth served at the University of Warsaw in Poland as a 2024 Fulbright Distinguished Scholar.