Recently, we announced that Virginia Republicans retreated to the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va., to plan for the upcoming midterm elections and to regroup after some devastating losses at the state and local levels in November’s elections.
After a few days away from the hustle and bustle of their daily lives, Republican leaders still didn’t really come to a consensus about which way the GOP should go in the increasingly moderate state of Virginia.
Some leaders, such as Virginia’s former first lady Sherry Allen, believe the party should step away from firebrands like E.W. Jackson. Jackson lost his bid for lieutenant general to Sen. Ralph Northam by a very large margin, and party members and non-members have blamed Jackson’s extreme views for the loss. Allen did ask GOPers for moderation on social issues; Jackson and others urged the party to double down on abortion and the state’s same-sex marriage ban.
GOP leaders also suggested that the party adopt a convention, rather than a primary, to select next year’s candidate for U.S. Senate. This decision is likely to result in a more conservative candidate, a tough sell in statewide politics.