Northern Virginia Republicans Can Influence the Governor’s Race in the Key Blue State
Northern Virginia’s suburbs, just outside the capital, have been steadily going blue since around 2013, but a shift to red here could determine who will be Virginia’s next governor. In the 2021 gubernatorial race, regional Republicans are doing their best to run for Glenn Yongkin in what polls show is a very tight statewide race. Democrat Joe Biden won Virginia by 10 points 2020 presidential elections.
Yongkin, a Richmond-born businessman, worked in private equity for 25 years before entering the Virginia gubernatorial race. After securing the Republican nomination through a self-funded campaign, he worked on the pro-life and anti-vaccine platform.
“People are excited right now,” said Fairfax County Republican Party Chairman Steve Knotts. “A few years ago, I would go to a polling site, and people would come up and hug me and say, ‘We haven’t seen a Republican in this district in years!’ And now we’re constantly there.”
Matthew Hurt, director of communications for the Arlington County Republicans, also reported a slight increase in power. He said election integrity is an issue that people care about most, and drives the participation they see. According to him, in the last election, there were 400 Republican election workers at local polling sites, and there will be 1,100 of them this year.
Youngkin’s opponent, McAuliffe, who was governor from 2014 to 2018, worked with Clinton and was chair of the Democratic National Convention and the Democratic National Committee. McAuliffe is a staunch supporter of mask and vaccine mandates, an advocate of global gun background checks, and a supporter of the Affordable Care Act. He recently faced the wrath of many parents in Northern Virginia after he did a job last comment Parents should not dictate what schools are allowed to teach.
Education issues are likely to have a significant impact on elections, from mask mandates to curriculum. The Northern Virginia School District of Fairfax County recently made Addresses For a heated discussion on the American history curriculum at a school board meeting. Northern Virginia includes eight separate school districts with a total student body of 409,319 students.
Loudoun County is the focus of the national debate over parental rights in public education and the related debate over critical race theory. Loudon School Board member invited the supervisor to quit After covering up the rape of a female student on campus. When the girl’s father in this case attended a school board meeting to protest her actions, he was arrested. A school board member resigned, Yongkin resigned He called for more resignations.
“Parents feel the schools haven’t heard them,” Hurt said.
Parents are dissatisfied with many issues that may affect the outcome of the election. From closing last year to not following the science when he said schools should be open to discussions about divisive racial indoctrination, Notts said. They call it equity and inclusion, as others call it. [Critical Race Theory]. “
Notts also cited crime and public safety as important issues in this election.
“We’re watching crime skyrocket, from every police cut-off movement, and [School Resource Officers] outside public schoolsbattles and other ongoing activities. There are a lot of things that need to be done in the area of public safety in general that people are really interested in right now,” Notts continued.
It’s hard to get the crime statistics for 2021 because the year isn’t over yet, but an analysis from the Prince William County Police Department compares January-September 2020 with January-September 2021. The report shows that 2021 saw 77 more crimes against people, 438 more crimes against property. , but 619 fewer crimes against the community, and the total number of crimes was 106 lower in 2021. In Loudoun County, crime fell 26% in 2021.
Of course, economic issues will also play into the way people vote.
“We’ve seen gas prices “It’s been going up more than a dollar a gallon over the past eight months,” Notts said. “That’s the kind of thing — the Virginia legislature adds a gas tax in the middle of all of this.”
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), gas prices in Virginia rose last year by $1.13 per gallon.
“In the past few years, Virginia has faltered from being one of the best places to do business, and now it’s one of the worst,” Hurt said.
Hurt cited legislation passed in January 2021 that requires businesses in Virginia to pay state income taxes on loans from the federal government, including PPP loans.
In addition to various political issues affecting the election, Hurt said Biden’s low approval rates will help drive Republican votes. However, Knotts believes Youngkin could win without her.
“The gap was narrowing before Biden himself fell,” Notts said. “I think the new low approval rates don’t hurt, but I still think Glenn was still running a great campaign, and if that’s the case [Biden’s] Approval rates are going up in the next few weeks, and I don’t think that will affect the outcome of this election.”
Ultimately, Yongkin feels the dynamism and excitement of both the Fairfax GOP and the Arlington Republican, whom they call a “happy warrior” with strong business acumen and a “real people feeling.”
“It’s refreshing to hear a candidate talk about what’s possible,” Hurt said.
“He has a plan and a vision for the people,” Knotts said. “And when he says he wants Virginia to be a better place to live, work and raise a family, I believe him.”