In race for Virginia’s next governor, two Chesterfield lawmakers vie for the soul of the GOP

In race for Virginia’s next governor, two Chesterfield lawmakers vie for the soul of the GOP

State Sen. Amanda Chase addresses supporters during a “Stop the Steal” rally in downtown Richmond on Nov. 7. ASH DANIEL It’s 11 a.m. on Nov. 7, four days after the election, and poll workers at the Philadelphia Convention Center are just about finished counting thousands of absentee ballots that will give Pennsylvania’s 20 cherished electoral votes to Joe Biden and seal Donald Trump’s fate as a one-term president. Hundreds of miles to the south, Trump’s female alter-ego is preparing to take the torch and run with it – all the way, she hopes, to the Virginia governor’s mansion. Wearing a matching red baseball cap and T-shirt, jeans and cowgirl boots, Amanda Chase addresses a crowd of about 150 Trump supporters at a “Stop the Steal” rally outside the Virginia Department of Elections building, just a short walk from the Capitol building where she has represented Chesterfield County for the past five years in the state Senate. Similar events are happening in several other states, as Republican voters gather to raise unfounded claims of systemic election fraud and vent their frustration over the president’s impending departure from the White House. Chase, however, uses the first half of her 20-minute speech to discuss another campaign that’s still in its relative infancy: her 2021 race for Virginia’s top statewide office. “Are you ready for a new governor?” she asks to boisterous cheers, then launches immediately into criticism of “the tyrannical trifecta” – Gov. Ralph Northam and fledgling Democratic majorities in both chambers […]

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