Trump's New Dominion?: Trump Plans to Flip Virginia Red in 2020
The panel on "Outnumbered" reacted to President Trump's reported plan to attempt to flip the Commonwealth of Virginia back to the Republican category in presidential elections.
The last Republican to win Virginia's 13 electoral votes was George W. Bush in 2004. Since then, observers point to a burgeoning population in liberal strongholds of Arlington, Alexandria, Fairfax and Loudoun as reasons for its blue trend.
Vice President Mike Pence headlined a fundraiser for Republican state office candidates in the Washington suburb of McLean this week -- as Virginia holds its key elections in odd-numbered years.
Trump reportedly told Pence to carry the message that he thinks Virginia is in play and "I'm going to be there."
The "Outnumbered" panel noted the blackface, sexual misconduct and post-term abortion scandals rocking Richmond could be one top reason Trump sees Virginia as prime real estate come 2020.
Ed Henry said it is "remarkable" how those scandals, afflicting Gov. Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax and Attorney General Mark Herring, all Democrats, is "out of the news" these days.
He said Trump likely sees Virginia as a potential "insurance policy" if he cannot hold the swing states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.
The Trump 2020 campaign will face an uphill climb in Virginia, where Hillary Clinton defeated Trump by five points and Democrats flipped three House seats last November.
Katie Pavlich noted that Virginia is a starkly divided state.
The Washington suburbs are a Democrat stronghold, while the state begins to shift toward "Trump Country" -- as Pavlich put it -- for the next 400 miles outside the cities.
Melissa Francis said Trump may also be treating the Old Dominion as a "decoy" -- in that he knows he will likely fail to win the state, but could force Democrats to spend valuable campaign resources there.
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