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Behind the scenes, some Republicans worry that if Trump runs, he may potentially harm moderate Republican candidates.During a Saturday morning interview, CNN host Christi Paul mentioned a recent poll from the Des Moines Register showing that Republican voters feel more aligned to the GOP than to Trump by a margin of 61 to 25 percent.
Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin announced key members of this transition landing teams, which will have Republican lawmakers chairing teams for each of the department transitions.
The teams will coordinate with the cabinet secretaries currently serving in Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration. According to the Youngkin administration, the teams will conduct due diligence across all agencies to hit the ground running and deliver promises on day one. The incoming governor also included business owners, law enforcement, healthcare providers and industry experts.
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“In order to change the trajectory of our great Commonwealth, our transition team is utilizing the vast experience of business owners, law enforcement officials, veterans, healthcare providers, industry experts, and—most importantly—parents to determine how government can begin to serve Virginians better and start delivering on our Day One promises of better schools, safer streets, a lower cost of living, and more jobs,” Youngkin said in a statement.
Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Upperville, will chair the administration’s team. Sen. Steve Newman, R-Forest, who serves on the Finance and Appropriations Committee, will lead the finance transition team, Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Harrisonburg, who serves on the Judiciary Committee, will lead the public safety and homeland security team and Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico, who serves on the Education and Health Committee, will lead the health and human resources team.
Virginia's urgent lesson: Democrats' down-ballot enthusiasm gap
In 2022, Democrats have the opportunity to learn from 2020 and 2021, and develop bold, effective campaign messaging.Two points are clear from the post-election data. First, the Democratic enthusiasm gap we identified between the top and bottom of the ticket in the 2020 elections returned in 2021. Second, a large differential in roll-off between Republican and Democratic candidates may have cost the House majority: Terry McAuliffe received 60,000-plus more votes than did his party-mates running for state legislature, whereas Governor-elect Glenn Youngkin received 2,973 fewer votes than Republican state legislative candidates.
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Biden Previews Midterm Strategy, Tying Trump to GOP in Virginia .
Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe brought President Joe Biden to the vote-rich suburbs Friday as he works to keep a national focus in the race and tie his Republican opponent to former President Donald Trump. Speaking to an estimated 3,000 people at Lubber Run Park in Arlington, a heavily Democratic county outside Washington, Biden said the race would be seen as a bellwether of next year’s midterm elections.“Virginia, you’ve got to elect him again. And I mean this, not just for Virginia, but for the country,” he said. “These off-year elections, the country is looking.” McAuliffe was governor from 2014 to 2018.