Republican nomination for governor, although the majority of GOP voters have yet to make their decision.
The senator gained national attention in December when she called for President Donald Trump to invoke martial law so the military could hold a new election, a comment that was condemned by Virginia Delegate Kirk Cox, her GOP gubernatorial rival. Chase doubled down by accusing Democrats of treason, and she was later censured by the state Senate for attending Trump’s January 6 rally that preceded the Capitol riot.
Despite the public outcry, Chase is leading the Republican field for governor and isn’t drastically far behind former Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat.
A Christopher Newport University poll released on Friday found 17 percent of Republicans polled favored Chase. It’s the most any Republican candidate has received: Cox trailed behind her at 10 percent, followed by tech entrepreneur Pete Snyder. However, most Republican voters, 55 percent, are still undecided.
“The underlying friction between Chase’s fervent Trumpism and Cox’s Reagan Republican credentials could crack the party and open the door for Snyder or another contender,” said Rebecca Bromley-Trujillo, research director at the university’s Judy Wason Center for Public Policy, in a statement.
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