A survey of the Virginia race performed by a crew of Republican pollsters bolstered the notion that voters thought McAuliffe’s concentrate on Trump was a waste of time. The survey confirmed that 71 p.c agreed with the assertion that, “Terry McAuliffe spent far an excessive amount of money and time working in opposition to Donald Trump who wasn’t even on the poll. He would have finished higher if he targeted on working in opposition to Glenn Youngkin as an alternative.” Solely 20 p.c disagreed.
Wes Anderson, one of many pollsters who performed the examine and held a breakout session on it on the convention, stated the talk about “vital race idea” harm Democrats as nicely, however its significance has been overestimated. He stated the problem gained such salience and curiosity as a result of dad and mom, particularly in prosperous Virginia suburbs, had began to pay extra consideration to their children’ education typically attributable to pandemic lockdowns and the challenges of distance studying. And oldsters didn’t like what they noticed, he stated.
Anderson informed the convention that sentiment is taking part in out throughout the nation, though Biden’s sagging approval scores are additionally among the many most persistently problematic elements for Democrats.
“The man who’s sitting within the Oval Workplace will all the time play a much bigger function than the man who’s not,” Anderson stated.
Because of this, Republicans see pickup alternatives in states Biden gained by a smaller margin than Virginia, corresponding to Michigan, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Nevada. Republicans additionally anticipate the huge money benefit loved by Gov. Greg Abbott in Texas and Gov. Ron DeSantis in Florida will power Democrats to make powerful decisions about spending in pink states or saving their cash to guard susceptible incumbents elsewhere. In all, Republicans are defending 20 incumbents and Democrats are defending 16.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, who lately introduced he would forego a Senate bid and as an alternative run for reelection, was vital of Trump’s baseless election conspiracy theories and stated Republicans want to concentrate to how Youngkin gained Virginia, notably on the subject of training.
“The academics unions and these programs are prioritizing the system over the kid, and each father or mother is standing up and saying, ‘Wait! Wait! Wait! I’ve a say. My child is a person and needs to be handled as such’,” Sununu stated.