If Republicans want more victories like Glenn Youngkin’s in Virginia’s gubernatorial election, the party must learn to coalesce around issues relevant to voters and avoid fixating on things “voters care nothing about,” Fox News host Trey Gowdy said Sunday.
Youngkin, a first-time candidate who hails from the business wing of the Republican Party, narrowly defeated former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe in a statewide contest with significant national implications.
Tuesday’s election in Virginia, a one-time battleground but still competitive state, is seen as a key barometer ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, when Republicans aim to win back control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, where the Democrats hold razor-thin majorities.
Gowdy, on “Sunday Night in America” emphasized Youngkin’s ability to flip a typically blue state red, noting that “a double-digit political deficit in less than 12 months is rare.”
But, he said, Republicans take note of the “why. Why did Glenn Youngkin win and why did Winsome Sears win. What issues did they run on? And can those issues be used in other races? What was their tone and demeanor?” he asked.
“To understand elections, we must focus on the why. Why did Republicans win? Why did the state go from Biden to Glenn Youngkin in less than a year? Was it a repudiation on the left, an embrace on the right, or something else?” the host continued.
Youngkin’s emphasis on tapping into the anger of parents over decisions by their local school boards is largely regarded as a blueprint of how to run campaigns in next year’s elections.
Gowdy said that if Republicans could “coalesce around the why and avoid talking about issues that voters care nothing about, there may be more victories next fall.
“Be mindful of the what, be mindful of the who,” he said, “but focus on the why.”