This article was published originally in Style Weekly.
by Peter Galuszka
Call it a tale of two campaign stops.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin picks a small office building in a working-class part of Emporia, a Southside town where Amtrak passenger trains no longer stop. It is chiefly known for stock car driving and speed traps given its proximity to the North Carolina border.
Democratic candidate and former Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s choice is the parking lot of Port City Brewery in a middle class neighborhood of Alexandria lined with modest red brick houses of the type built by the thousands after World War II.
Seem similar? They are and they reveal strategies that both candidates must follow if they are to win what seems to be a close race Nov. 2.
Both neighborhoods are modest and might play to voters who may or may not favor former President Donald Trump. How they choose might mean the election.
McAuliffe already seems to have wrapped up rich suburbs that have voted predominately Democratic for the past 12 years. Youngkin, a Harvard-trained financial expert who has Trump’s endorsement, needs to lure more undecided from more varied areas. Continue reading