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Fresno Political Experts Say Virginia Win Is Model for GOP in Other Races

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Virginia Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin greets supporters early Wednesday at a party in Chantilly, Va., after his election victory. (AP/Andrew Harnik)
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Election night saw blue Virginia swing red.

“Youngkin did a good job of distancing himself from Trump without upsetting the Republican base.” — Democratic political consultant Jason Carns

The Old Dominion state elected Republican political neophyte Glenn Youngkin over presumptive favorite Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat.

What does the GOP win mean in a state that favored President Joe Biden by 10 points in 2020? GV Wire asked local political experts.

To Trump or Not to Trump?

How to handle support from the Donald Trump base could be the key to winning Republican elections in 2022, they said.

“Virginia in modern history has voted for the party not in the White House with one exception. That Virginia continued this trend is not a surprise. And Youngkin did a good job of distancing himself from Trump without upsetting the Republican base. It is certainly a formula other Republicans will try going forward,” said Fresno Democratic political consultant Jason Carns.

Guillermo Moreno, a conservative host on Talk Radio 1550 KXEX, agreed that following a “non-Trumpian” model could work in some states.

“The Republican Party learned to keep Trump at bay and just talk about the issues and you’ll find success. The end game, though, for the future is, will the left listen? The left will not listen because they’ve proven to everyone that they believe that they are the smartest people in the room — even when they clearly have made bad and wrong decisions,” Moreno said.

What the Local Party Heads Say

Fred Vanderhoof, chairman of the Fresno County Republican Party, was ecstatic about the win.

Fred Vanderhoof

“California is a much tougher situation. (But) I think that you’re going to see a lot more Hispanics coming to vote our way.” — Fred Vanderhoof, Fresno County Republican Party chairman

“All Republicans (and) conservatives all around the country feel very happy with this outcome,” Vanderhoof said.

Vanderhoof pointed to Youngkin’s Hispanic support. He is optimistic that those results could be replicated in California.

California is a much tougher situation. (But) I think that you’re going to see a lot more Hispanics coming to vote our way,” Vanderhoof said.

Ruben Zarate, the chairman of the Fresno County Democratic Party, sees his party’s loss in Virginia as following a predictable mid-term form.

“A president’s party typically has trouble in the years after they are elected,” Zarate said. “Congress needs to pass Biden’s Build Back Better Plan and the Voter Protection bills. These are all issues the Americans want and need.”

David Taub has spent most of his career in journalism behind the scenes working as a TV assignment editor and radio producer. For more than a decade, he has worked in the Fresno market with such stops at KSEE-24, KMJ and Power Talk 96.7. Taub also worked the production and support side of some of TV sports biggest events including the Super Bowl, the NBA Finals and NASCAR to name a few. Taub graduated from the University of Michigan with dual degrees in communications and political science. You can contact David at 559-492-4037 or at Send an Email

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