Washington-Area Republicans Consider How To Move Forward After Midterms (WAMU)

Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington, said that Republicans in Virginia have been campaigning “as if Virginia looks as though it did in the 1990s.”

“The fundamental problem that Republicans are facing right now is a need to retool,” Farnsworth said. “The lessons of the last two statewide elections is the Republican Party needs to get in touch with the suburbs and tailor messaging to be more effective.” Farnsworth noted that Republican candidates’ harsh rhetoric on issues like immigration and a renewed battle over Confederate monuments in particular were turning off suburbanites.

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