A recent poll has revealed a significant drop in support for Susanna Gibson, a Democratic candidate for the 57th district of the Virginia House of Delegates, following the emergence of a scandal involving explicit webcam videos. Gibson and her husband were found to have posted these videos online for financial gain, causing a stir in the political landscape.
The poll, conducted by Cygnal and reported by the New York Post, showed a decrease in support for Gibson from 49.5% to 38.9% following the scandal. Prior to the controversy, Gibson’s Republican opponent, David Owen, held a mere 4% lead. However, the scandal has seen Gibson’s unfavorability rating among likely district voters surge from 12.5% to 45.2%.
Aaron Evans, a spokesperson for Owen’s campaign, commented on the situation, stating, “It’s no surprise that Ms. Gibson’s polling poorly.” He added that Owen is committed to focusing on his agenda of economic renewal, crime reduction, and school improvement for the future of Virginia families.
Gibson has confirmed the allegations but has also accused Republicans of committing a “sex crime” to embarrass her. She stated, “This is an illegal invasion of my privacy designed to humiliate me and my family. It won’t intimidate me and it won’t silence me.” She further accused her political opponents and their Republican allies of being willing to commit a sex crime to attack her and her family, claiming they will stop at nothing to silence women when they speak up.
Despite launching her campaign for the state legislature, Gibson continued to maintain her account on Chaturbate, a webcam service. Under the screen name HotWifeExperience, she had streamed approximately a dozen explicit videos to around 5,770 followers. The account has since been deactivated.
The outcome of the district race will play a crucial role in determining which party gains control of the legislature in Virginia. The election for the 57th district is scheduled for November 7. Gibson, a 40-year-old mother of two, is currently in the running.