VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — In a race that has often gotten nasty in its back and forth of claims and counter-claims, the two candidates for the 2nd U.S. House district in Virginia do have some common ground on the environment.
Both incumbent Scott Taylor (R) and challenger Elaine Luria (D) agree that sea level rise and climate change are real.
Taylor talked about sea level rise legislation he sponsored that addresses the effect on military bases.
“We put language in that’s now law that prioritizes DOD to work with localities and states to deal with access roads,” Taylor said.
“40 percent of our economy is tied to the Navy and its assets,” Luria said. “So putting the military at risk also put livelihoods at risk long range.”
Both candidates oppose offshore drilling. Luria says it’s potentially catastrophic.
“We could have something similar to Deepwater Horizon, and the deleterious effects of that washing up on our shores.”
Taylor says offshore wind energy makes much more sense to him than drilling.
“There’s actually a direct plug-in to the power grid which makes it a lot cheaper to start that. It also creates high-paying mechanical jobs.”
Taylor disputed a claim by Luria that he refused to block offshore oil leases long term. He says it was too broad-based and would’ve hurt economies in the Gulf states.
They’ll have two debates in the next two weeks leading to the election.
A new poll released Monday shows Rep. Scott Taylor with a lead over Democrat Elaine Luria for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District as the two are set to speak at a town hall.
The new poll from Christopher Newport University‘s Wason Center for Public Policy shows Taylor leading Luria 50 to 43 percent among nearly 800 registered voters.
Taylor, a former Navy SEAL, had a significant 22-point advantage over Luria among military households in CNU’s poll — despite Luria’s background as a former commander in the U.S. Navy.
According to the poll, allegations that members of Taylor’s campaign forged signatures on a petition has had little effect on race. Members of Taylor’s campaign staff were accused of forging signatures to help keep then-independent candidate Shaun Brown’s name on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Taylor defeated Brown for the 2nd Congressional District in 2016.
Around 72 percent of the polled voters were aware of the investigation, according to CNU. Most of those voters said it doesn’t matter. Just under 70 percent of surveyed voters who identified as independent also said the scandal “doesn’t matter.”
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