The upcoming 2019 Virginia elections are bringing with them a series of concerns and a lot of worries for the Virginian Republican Party.
The Republican Party has lately seen a shift in the demands of the common people, who have been looking for major changes in the gun policies, abortion laws, Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and increment in minimum wages.
The recently conducted polls depicted the stance of Virginians, and it seems that the Democratic Party of the state does not want to leave anything at chance. With the upcoming elections, the Democrats are also looking forward to gain majority of the legislature on Nov. 5.
The prime reason for the Republicans to worry about the 2019 Virginia elections is their previous stance on policies like gun control and abortion. Lately, the efforts of the Republicans to enforce policies that endanger the lives of other residents and strip them of their rights have further worsened their fate in Virginia.
The Republicans have continuously backed the call of limiting the abortions along with barring women from getting abortions done by nurses and physician’s assistants. Also, they supported the ruling that imposed unlawful and violating policies related to first and second trimester abortions.
However, due to the latest verdict of federal Judge Henry Hudson, the Republicans still support two policies that put lives of many women at risk.
2019 Virginia elections have also got the resident voters in favor of the Democrats due to the Republicans’ stance on gun control. They also extended their extensive support to the National Rifle Association (NRA) on background checks for weapons purchased and on the person purchasing the guns.
Additionally, it was the policies of the Republican Party of Virginia that instead of tightening, further detailed the rights to carry concealed handguns and paved the way to issue “concealed weapon permits”.
On the other hand, the Democrats have continuously raised voice against such policies by either releasing gun controlled ads or criticizing Sen. Amanda Chase for carrying a gun strapped to her hip on the senate floor.
There is a good probability that the voters are in favor of the Democrats in the upcoming 2019 Virginia elections considering the fateful incident of Virginia Beach shooting and statement of NRA claiming mental illness.
Besides, the Democrats have been quite vocal over the approval of the ERA in the state and raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, leaving the Republicans completely on back-foot.
And after seeing the latest poll results of Schar-School poll, it has become quite easy to see in which direction the scale of voters is tipping in.
This has magnified the concerns for Republicans to maintain their 20-19 majority in the Senate and 51-48 majority in the House of Delegates.
Also, the statement of former Gov. Terry McAuliffe imploring the Democrats to have an offensive approach for 2019 Virginia elections has added to the woes of the Republicans, forcing them to spin the statement and turn the resident voters in their favor.