In response to the Dominion query, Mr. Youngkin stated, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is the most important issue we’re going to talk about right now.” He laid out “five steps to restore our trust” in elections.
A former co-chief govt of the Carlyle Group, Mr. Youngkin has spent at least $5.5 million of his personal cash on the race. Part of his attraction to Republicans is that within the common election, he might theoretically match the spending of the main Democrat, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe.
Polls show that Mr. McAuliffe, with the benefit of identify recognition from an earlier time period, has a hefty lead over three Democratic rivals going into their get together main on June 8.
To many observers, it was the 2013 race gained by Mr. McAuliffe that started the rout of Virginia Republicans. Ahead of that election, social conservatives gained management of the G.O.P. central committee, canceled a main and selected one in all their very own, Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, at a Tea Party-flavored conference.
Mr. Cuccinelli misplaced to Mr. McAuliffe, a Democratic fund-raiser and good friend of Hillary and Bill Clinton’s — thus starting Republicans’ years within the wilderness.
“That’s a direct result of the Cuccinelli heist, if you will,” stated Chris Peace, a Republican former state lawmaker. “Much of the old guard, the center-right of the party, was pushed out.”
Four years later, the get together’s nominee for governor in 2017, Ed Gillespie, misplaced decisively after making a Trumpian effort to stir concern of crimes dedicated by undocumented immigrants. The subsequent 12 months, the get together’s Senate nominee, Corey Stewart, ran on preserving Confederate statues — and misplaced in a landslide.