Say what you will about his many flaws, Trump knows how to get what he wants: Right now, it looks to me like the 2022 elections will be entirely about him and his Trumpists.
In elections coast-to-coast it will mostly be about standing for or against Donald Trump. Therefore, Republican candidates are going to be forced stand in line to kiss Trump's ass in public every day. Meanwhile, Democrats running for office are surely going to portray Trump as the most revolting and dangerous man ever to live; along the way he's bound to say and do plenty to reinforce that image.
Either way, whatever genuine issues the candidates might want to talk about, I think the opinion polls will keep telling the campaign strategists that what matters most to most voters, donkeys or elephants, is loving or hating Trump.
So, there's no question in my mind that Trump is quite pleased that it looks that way, just 10 days before election day 2021. In Virginia, we're probably seeing the most nationalized gubernatorial contest in anyone's memory ... and it's all about Trumpism.