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In Virginia, the GOP Gets New Playbook—One That Can’t Easily Be Repeated
In a surprise victory in Virginia and a strong showing in New Jersey, the Republican Party has produced a playbook that could repair the GOP’s poor image in swing states and suburban districts across the country.
But it is a formula that may be difficult to replicate on a large scale in the mid-term elections next year.
Republican businessman Glenn Youngkin, who was virtually unknown a year ago, won the Virginia governor’s race early Wednesday by running away from the National Republican Party and its most prominent leaders – most notably Donald Trump.
The Virginia Republican spent the final months of his campaign avoiding the divisive issues that most animate Trump’s base, including the baseless possibility of electoral fraud. And Youngkin benefited from running against former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a political insider with a messy message. Link for full analysis below.