Virginia Elects a New Governor Next Year. Will Voters Seek Another Trump?

Nov 10, 2016

Corey Stewart, chairman of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's Virginia campaign, right, gives the thumbs-up as he poses for a photo with Trump supporter Heidi Saba with her sign that reads "Grandmothers Stand w/Trump!!!" outside the Republican National Committee Headquarters in Washington, Monday, Oct. 10, 2016. Stewart and Virginia Women for Trump gathered in support of Trump.
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Now that Election 2016 has come and gone, the politics of Election 2017 are already moving into place. And, as Michael Pope reports, the election of Donald Trump as president could have a strong influence on the race for governor next year.

When Donald Trump and his team assume the reigns of power, the federal government will take a dramatically different approach to government.

And Prince William County Board of Supervisors chairman Corey Stewart is hoping he’ll be able to ride that wave into the Executive Mansion in Richmond. He’s one of the four Republicans running for governor next year.

“I intend to start working on implementing the Trump agenda right here in Prince William County by identifying criminal illegal aliens, hunting them down and deporting them.”

But will Stewart be able to replicate what Trump accomplished in Virginia on Super Tuesday? Geoff Skelley at the University of Virginia Center for Politics is skeptical.

“Many other people are gong to try to mimic Trump because obviously he’s been successful. But I’m not sure anybody else can actually be Trump. Just because it worked for him doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you."

Republicans haven’t won statewide in Virginia since Bob McDonnell was elected governor back in 2009.