ELECTION 2021

The first televised debate of Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial primary started out tame Tuesday evening, with almost 25 minutes of civil discussion about the COVID-19 pandemic and how the five candidates onstage plan to lead the state out of it.The second half took a sharper turn, with several attacks against...
The Republican Party of Virginia’s attempts to plan a party-run, statewide nominating contest during a global pandemic have been so choppy it’s still unclear if the May 8 drive-up convention at Liberty University will happen as planned.And it might only get more complicated from here.Legislation passed by the General...
Three former Republican governors of Virginia have teamed up to try to help their party resolve a bitter internal battle over how to pick its slate of 2021 nominees.On Tuesday, former Govs. Bob McDonnell, George Allen and Jim Gilmore sent a letter addressed to Republican Party of Virginia Chairman...
Whatever faint hope there was that Virginia would be able to accomplish the 2021 redistricting on schedule disappeared Friday when the U.S. Census Bureau announced all states should expect to get their redistricting data by Sept. 30.That's not even close to the timeline Virginia officials said would be necessary...
During the Black Lives Matter protests last summer, former Virginia House Speaker Kirk Cox recorded a video in front of the boarded-up state Capitol building, calling the sight a tragic failure of “Democratic leadership.”“I should say maybe, a lack of leadership,” he said at the time, praising a massive...
All four Democrats running for governor in Virginia say they support abolishing the death penalty, including one candidate, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who allowed several executions to proceed during his term.While in office, McAuliffe said he personally opposed capital punishment, but felt obligated to uphold state law. The three...
He’s baaaaack.On Wednesday, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe officially announced he’s running for a second term, launching a rare comeback bid pundits and political strategists say will be difficult, but not impossible, for other gubernatorial hopefuls to stop.“Certainly he comes into the race in a very formidable position,” said...
Virginia Del. Jennifer Carroll Foy will step down from her seat in the House of Delegates to run for governor next year, a move she says will allow her to focus on “building a people-powered movement” for what’s expected to be a hard-fought Democratic primary.Carroll Foy, D-Prince William, is...
Virginia Republicans decided Saturday to choose their nominees for statewide office via a convention instead of an open primary, setting up the possibility that Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, will run in the general election as an independent challenger.Chase, one of two announced GOP candidates for governor, has made her...