Stephen J. Farnsworth directs the University of Mary Washington Center for Leadership and Media Studies. Sally Burkley is a research associate at the center.
"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.
“The fact that this process has been as contentious as it is really speaks to the kind of trench warfare politics that we’ve long seen in Washington, and we’re seeing more and more of in Virginia," said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington. “Compared to a generation ago, there are very few moderate voices visible in Virginia.”
”Virginia looks a lot like America compared to many states,” said Dr. Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “Virginia looks much more like America than West Virginia or Maryland, in my view.”
Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, said the Democrats are smart to focus on vaccinations in a state where nearly 61 percent of the population has been fully immunized as of Thursday. “There are many, many Virginians who have tried to keep themselves, their communities and their families safe by getting vaccinated and following safety protocols,” Farnsworth said. “Those voters are a much bigger bloc than the vaccine resisters or the vaccine deniers.”
“There are a lot of voters in Virginia who have played by the rules, gotten their vaccines and tried to minimize the impact of Covid,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “If things start to get bad in schools in the next few weeks it’s going to be bad for anyone who is lite on Covid protections.”