CNN Analyst: Republicans Can Win Across The U.S. If They Follow Formula Glenn Youngkin Used

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Scott Jennings, a political analyst at CNN, said following the Republican’s surprising victories in statewide elections on Tuesday that the formula used by governor-elect Glenn Youngkin can be used by Republicans nationwide to win.

“Well, in algebra, we’re often trying to solve for ‘x’ and Republican politics, we’re often trying to solve for ‘T,’ for Trump and Younkin figured it out,” Jennings said. “He kept Trump out of the race, basically, he didn’t campaign there. He didn’t wake up every day talking about it. He didn’t feel the need to respond to every, you know, grievance or whatever. He kept focused on the issues and heretofore, some Republican candidates would have said, ‘Well, then you’re running the risk of the MAGA voters not turning out.'”

“Look at the map, the rural counties not only came out, they came out huge,” Jennings continued. “So, it turns out that Glenn Younkin has solved for this problem in that you can run a race based on issues, continue to attract the Trump base, get a path back in the suburbs, and take advantage, frankly, of the just enormous collapse, continued collapse of the Democratic Party in rural areas. That’s how we win. That’s how we’re going to be successful. When you can put the suburbs back together with rural areas the way we used to do.”

“I think Republicans have an enormous chance to win in ’22 and ’24,” he later added. “Donald Trump is the least likely person to give the Republicans a chance to win back the White House, somebody who can do what Glenn Younkin did, and put the coalition together, rural Counties, people who voted for Trump, people who didn’t vote for Trump, but like to vote Republican, suburban moms.”

“And by the way, look at the ticket, people who look like America, the African-American woman we just elected to Lieutenant Governor, the Hispanic that we just elected to Attorney General, Republicans have solved this coalition issue in Virginia, suburbs, rural, female, male, white, black, Hispanic, that’s how we win,” he concluded. “And so if you follow the Younkin blueprint, talk about issues, put together the ticket that looks and sounds like America, you can do it.”

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SCOTT JENNINGS, CNN ANALYST: Well, in algebra, we’re often trying to solve for ‘x’ and Republican politics, we’re often trying to solve for ‘T,’ for Trump and Younkin figured it out. He kept Trump out of the race, basically, he didn’t campaign there. He didn’t wake up every day talking about it. He didn’t feel the need to respond to every, you know, grievance or whatever. He kept focused on the issues and heretofore, some Republican candidates would have said, ‘well, then you’re running the risk of the MAGA voters not turning out.’ Look at the map, the rural counties not only came out, they came out huge. So, it turns out that Glenn Younkin has solved for this problem in that you can run a race based on issues, continue to attract the Trump base, get a path back in the suburbs, and take advantage, frankly, of the just enormous collapse, continued collapse of the Democratic Party in rural areas. That’s how we win. That’s how we’re going to be successful. When you can put the suburbs back together with rural areas the way we used to do.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN HOST: What if Donald Trump is running for president, what does that do to that approach?

JENNINGS: I’ve been very clear, I think, I think Republicans have an enormous chance to win in ’22 and ’24. Donald Trump is the least likely person to give the Republicans a chance to win back the White House, somebody who can do what Glenn Younkin did, and put the coalition together, rural Counties, people who voted for Trump, people who didn’t vote for Trump, but like to vote Republican, suburban moms. And by the way, look at the ticket, people who look like America, the African-American woman we just elected to Lieutenant Governor, the Hispanic that we just elected to Attorney General, Republicans have solved this coalition issue in Virginia, suburbs, rural, female, male, white, black, Hispanic, that’s how we win. And so if you follow the Younkin blueprint, talk about issues, put together the ticket that looks and sounds like America, you can do it.

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