DSU Political Science Professor weighs in on Virginia’s Governor’s Race

A shift in politics can be seen after Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Virginia’s governor race on Tuesday.

“Well, Virginia we won that thing,” Glenn Youngkin said.

Delaware State University political science professor Dr. Samuel Hoff said the victory came as a shock, given Virginia public opinion polls about a month ago.

“We see former Governor Terry McAuliffe running again after a 4-year hiatus under Virginia law, up in the polls by 5 points,” Dr. Huff said.

But he said a week ago polls showed a surprising shift with Challenger Glenn Yongkin leading by 8 points, and as Dr. Huff explains, there are a number of things that could have led to that change.

“Certainly, the social issues on which the Yongkin challenger was focused on what the previous governor misjudged in education and focused on critical race theory,” said Dr. Hof.

He told us that Yongkin’s campaign focused on issues such as education and law enforcement.

“We will fund law enforcement comprehensively because they defend us and we will defend them,” Yongkin said. “We will invest in teachers, new facilities, and special education.”

Now that McAuliffe has lost, Hof tells us that could put the Democrats on guard in the 2022 midterm elections as they control both the House and Senate.

“We can basically just sit back and say look, next year’s midterm elections are going to wipe out the Democrats,” Dr. Hoff said. “They need to turn social issues in their favour, discuss the pros of various issues relating to crime, abortion and other areas and not play a defensive role.”

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