A new Washington Post and ABC News poll shows generic Republican candidates with a 10-point lead over Democrats nationwide.
Of course, that includes results from dark blue districts. The outlook for Democrats representing purple states and seats is more dire.
Case in point: Republican Glenn Youngkin’s narrow but comprehensive victory over Democrat Terry McAuliffe in blue Virginia. Moreover, a shallow dive into the results show that Youngkin cruised to victory two congressional districts held by Democrats, underlying the precarious position swing state Democrats find themselves in today.
The Washington Post reports:
The second reelection campaigns for Virginia Democratic Reps. Abigail Spanberger and Elaine Luria were already promising to be nail-biters, regardless of who was in the Virginia governor’s mansion.
Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University, said Youngkin’s victories in Virginia’s most competitive regions offer a playbook for the Republican candidates ultimately nominated to challenge Spanberger and Luria in November. The most recent election, he said, showed that the inflationary “Trump bubble” — built up with moderate voters’ antipathy toward the former president — has burst, and that successful candidates will need to shift their strategies to adjust for an era in which Trump looms on the fringes but isn’t necessarily motivating swing voters.
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