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Virginia’s gubernatorial election serves as a benchmark for the current presidential administration. Just one year after a heated campaign season, Americans will see the effects of the current administration in terms of politics.
Sure, policies have been enacted, and a good portion are still in the wings, as the House and the Senate debate over grave concerns of the American public.
Virginia has the potential to act as another platform for critical political verbatim. Key figures have gravitated toward Virginia, and these figures carry outspoken personalities. Personalities that can sway this election in a matter of votes.Embed from Getty Images
Certain figures such as President Trump and Former Advisor Steve Bannon will bring their broken alliance to light as Election Day approaches. President Trump and Steve Bannon see Virginia and Ed Gillespie as another platform to advocate for their agendas. However this can prove detrimental to the Republican Party, whose factions remain in the limelight, and this could just drive them into a bigger hole.
Trump and Bannon are both rooting for Gillespie, no doubt about that, but their agendas conflict with what Gillespie hopes to achieve as Governor in Virginia. Currently, polls show that Virginia is a stronghold for Democrats, in fact, Virginia is the only southern state that Hillary Clinton carried in the 2016 election. The state, under a Democratic governor, has held a 3.8 percent unemployment rate, which rivals many of its surrounding states, which voted for President Trump.
Democrats will throw a considerable amount of firepower in order to maintain Virginia as a blue state, especially after the loss of Georgia, an election which cost the Democrats nearly fifty million dollars. Moreover, Former President Obama will make appearances on behalf of Democratic nominee Ralph Northam.
This could prove as a false prophecy, as the number of democratic governorships declined during President Obama’s tenure. Some may speculate that in reaction to the outspoken President Trump, Republican governorships may fall toward Democratic lines.
This race can define how Americans will react to future dealings in Washington. Voters can express their resentment or their praise for the current administration in the coming weeks, but ultimately this proves greater for Republican representatives as the overarching question will fall along the lines of, “How do you feel about President Trump?”
Representatives have to decide if they will band into an opposition group toward President Trump or if they will endure criticism and stick with the man who redefined the Republican Party for at least one term, if not more.
Some speculate that from all this growing liberalism and conservatism, voters will vote for more moderate candidates who carry clean backgrounds, something both President Trump and Secretary Clinton lack, in possibility of breaking America’s growing partisan issue that often hinders progress in the legislative and executive branch.
Another factor to keep in mind for coming elections is the number of young adults who will exercise their right to vote. In recent years, young voters have registered to vote, and they are breaking the old adage that young people don’t vote. America hit a record high of two hundred million registered voters in 2016, and the majority of young voters follow a liberal mindset.
Republicans such as John Kasich, governor of Ohio, have shown interest with the new voters, and offer a moderate agenda, which seems to attract a fair portion of voters. This new young movement can mean grave circumstances for Republicans, and it will be interesting to see how they respond to this new generation.
Henri Baxhellari is a contributing writer for The Bradlo. Any views expressed by contributors should not be interpreted as the view of the Bradlo