SARAH RANKIN

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin has spent a tightly choreographed first six months in office cultivating his image in a way that's furthered speculation he has designs on higher office.

Youngkin has recently attracted or participated in a blitz of national media coverage focused on whether he might run for president in 2024.

He's been coy about his future, saying in recent interviews that he's focused on Virginia but declining to rule anything out.

Observers say his approach to governing in Richmond has been more scripted than other recent governors.

And he's continued to host glitzy campaign-style events to promote his priorities and accomplishments.