The Shape of Things to Come
Only Virginia and New Jersey has gubernatorial elections this year, and in New Jersey there really isn’t a contest. Current Republican incumbent Chris Christie is about as popular as a pigeon doo-doo and so that contest should not be in doubt for the Dems. But in Virginia both the primary in June and the election in November will be critical.
The GOP contest in Virginia involves a primary with a main stream candidate, a Trump like so-called conservative and a person of in determinant status.
“Three Republicans vying to be Virginia's next governor — a closely watched contest that could provide an early window on President Donald Trump's popularity — showed their markedly different styles in a debate Thursday.
If Virginia Republicans choose the confederate leaning Stewart it will be more evidence the crazy wing of the Republican party has completely taken over the party.
“Stewart has been a stalwart defender of the president. In recent weeks his campaign has become increasingly focused on his efforts preserving Confederate symbols and statues, a bid many view as an appeal to disaffected white voters who supported Trump.”
And the betting here is that will be the case, after the GOP is now headed by Crazy-in-Chief. Preserving Confederate symbols is what modern southern Republicans are all about.
On the Democratic side there is an establishment candidate and a more progressive one. The election in November will be a real test of just how popular and permanent Trumpism, or No-nothingism as it was known in the past really is.