This lawmaker won’t debate his Democratic challenger. He says her supporters will call him a bigot. (Washington Post)

Stephen J. Farnsworth, a ¬political science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, said Marshall’s aversion to public forums could backfire if the election is close.

“You generally see more people at these meetings than you do at their doors,” Farnsworth said. “It seems like a good way to lose swing voters.”

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