By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) — Incoming Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin stated Wednesday his victory in a strongly Democratic state confirmed a profitable path for Republicans to speak about training, a difficulty for which he stated the GOP has “historically been a bit on our heels.”
Youngkin spoke on the Republican Governors Association annual assembly in Phoenix, the place governors, donors and strategists had been using excessive on his victory in a state Democratic President Joe Biden gained by 10 factors only one yr in the past.
A newcomer to politics, Youngkin gained by tapping into tradition conflict fights over college curricula, emphasizing parental rights to make selections about their youngsters’s training with the slogan, “parents matter.”
“The polls kept telling us that education was the seventh or eighth or ninth most important issue,” Youngkin said. “Let me tell you, it is the top issue right now, and Republicans across the country can own this topic.”
He stated Republicans can win by pushing for “strong schools that teach our children how to excel, not watering down the curriculum, a school where parents have a say in what their children are being taught.”
Youngkin’s victory set off alarm bells for Democrats, who were already facing the historically daunting challenge of running in a midterm election with their party in control of the White House. It also provided a roadmap for Republicans in states where the party is weaker.
On top of his emphasis on parental rights, Youngkin focused intensely on local issues like taxes and distanced himself from former President Donald Trump. He effectively walked a tightrope to appeal to suburban voters who turned against Trump without alienating the former president’s fervent supporters.
He later told reporters he viewed the emphasis on “kitchen table” financial points and native over nationwide politics as keys to his victory.
But the technique could also be robust to duplicate in states the place Republicans face primaries that push them to enthusiastically embrace Trump or take positions that might be dangerous in a basic election. Youngkin gained the GOP nomination in a conference with ranked-choice voting amongst a restricted pool of Republican voters.
Youngkin implicitly cautioned towards relitigating the 2020 election, a method at odds with Trump’s continued false claims that he misplaced due to fraud.
“I have fundamentally campaigned on looking forward and not looking backward,” he stated, including that he does “plan on investing in our election process going forward so Virginians can trust our election process.”
Gov. Doug Ducey of Arizona, who oversees the social gathering’s efforts to elect Republican governors as chairman of the RGA, forged election integrity as essential however simply “one among a number of issues.”
Arizona, which Biden narrowly gained, was the epicenter of Trump’s push to forged doubt on the 2020 vote depend when a gaggle of his supporters, working on behalf of state Senate Republicans, led an unprecedented partisan assessment of the ballots and vote-counting machines in Maricopa County.
The assessment, which Trump allies labeled a “forensic audit,” was extensively panned and elevated the profile of Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, the frontrunner for the Democratic nomination to interchange Ducey, who’s term-limited.
Similar election opinions have been pushed in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, two states led by Democrats which might be among the many prime GOP targets.
While Youngkin emphasised his relentless focus on native points, different GOP governors highlighted what they see as liabilities for the Biden administration, together with inflation, provide chain shortages, gasoline costs, border safety and the chaos surrounding the Afghanistan withdrawal.
“The contrast couldn’t be more clear for Republican governors,” stated Gov. Peter Ricketts of Nebraska. “We provide that leadership. We’re held accountable for results and are delivering on the things that makes the lives of the people in our states better.”
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