Corey Stewart disavows ties to two white supremacists he once befriended (Washington Post)

Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political-science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, said Stewart has shown great political skill in wooing conservative voters through his call to protect Confederate monuments and, recently, an appearance in Richmond, where he called Republicans “flimsy” for giving in on the fight over Medicaid expansion while holding up a roll of toilet paper.

“His ability to generate headlines over such things as waving toilet paper in Richmond and the Confederate legacy movement are poison with those moderate suburban voters who decide statewide elections in Virginia,” Farnsworth said. “The strategy that wins a Republican nomination may doom a general election candidacy.”

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