Virginia Lieutenant Governor-elect Winsome Sears told the New York Times this week that Democrats are “losing their grip” on black and immigrant voters.
As an immigrant from Jamaica and the first black Lieutenant Governor in Virginia, Sears believes she is the perfect person to bring black and immigrant voters to the Republican party.
“The message is important,” Sears told NYT. “But the messenger is equally important. The only way to change things is to win elections, and who better to help make that change but me? I look like the strategy.”
Sears attributes her run for Lieutenant Governor to her observation that the GOP has never made a concerted effort to break minority voting blocs away from the Democrat party, telling the NYT, “I just took a look at the field, and said, ‘My God, we’re gonna lose again,’” Sears said. “Nobody was going to reach out to the various communities that needed to be heard from: women, immigrants, you know, Latinos, Asians, Blacks, etc.”
Sears’ own victory in Virginia earlier this year alongside Republican Governor-elect Glen Youngkin was a surprise upset, and sent a resounding message to Democrats ahead of the 2022 midterm election.