“Suburban Republicans tend to shy away from cultural warriors … and that creates a potential problem for the Republican nominee going forward,” Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, tells Axios.
Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says she was able to use those big name endorsements to win against state Senator Bryce Reeves and first-time candidate Derrick Anderson. "Vega's very aggressive effort of courting very conservative voices in Virginia and nationally really paid off here."
“It’s very clear that Vega is trying to build her campaign on the far-right segment of the Republican Party,” said Stephen Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington.
Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington talks about the upcoming Virginia primary elections, including the high-profile Republican nomination in the Seventh Congressional District, which includes Prince William County and the Fredericksburg area.
“You really are looking at a range of candidates who could emerge victorious if they could get the people in their home counties, the people who are like a part of the state’s Republican district they are, to participate,” said Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington.
In the competitive six-way 7th District race, three candidates have broken out as top contenders who each represent an opportunity for Republicans, said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington.