Fifth District race uncharacteristically close (Fauquier Now)

Professor Stephen Farnsworth, director of the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies, last week called the race “50-50.”

“The biggest challenge for Riggleman is to be heard in the windstorm that is the Trump presidency,” Dr. Farnsworth said in a phone interview. “It’s very hard for any candidate to get all that much public or media attention when the president seems to dominate every minute of every news cycle.”

Ms. Cockburn, he said, needs “to convince the generally conservative district to support more progressive policies than the district usually does.”

Dr. Farnsworth described the 5th as “really a bunch of districts — a slice of the Washington suburbs, the Charlottesville area, the Lynchburg area, and a solid core of Southside Virginia, all rolled into one.”

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