ELECTION 2018

Forty-one percent of Virginia voters ages 18-35 voted in last year's midterm elections, a 21 percentage point jump from the 2014 midterms.NextGen, a national progressive organization that works on voter outreach and registration, said in an analysis of the recently released voter file it registered more than 20,000 young...
Visiting the Mountain Valley Pipeline construction corridor in southwest Virginia was a promise I made to  local residents while I was a member of the State Water Control Board. It was a promise that wasn't kept until Jan. 2, when I toured many farms and residential lands impacted by...
The special elections to fill Virginia legislative seats continue.Speaker of the House Kirk Cox announced last week that the special election for House District 86 in Loudoun and Fairfax counties will be held Feb. 19, four days before the General Assembly session ends."I want to give both parties ample...
WASHINGTON — After the GOP’s trouncing in Virginia last November, Democrats and Republicans alike are declaring the long-purple state at least a light shade of blue. Virginia’s delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives, sworn in last week, is the bluest it’s been since 1995, when the Republican Revolution swept...
Liberty University in Lynchburg announced Wednesday it's hired former U.S. Rep. Dave Brat to serve as dean of its business school.Brat, an economics professor famed for successfully defeating Eric Cantor back in 2014, lost in November to Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA agent.Falwell, an early and eager supporter...
Editor's note: The Virginia Mercury launched in July to provide a sustained focus on statewide issues that have fallen through the cracks as traditional news outlets shrink. Here’s part of a holiday-week series looking back on how we’ve spent our time since then.In 2018, national Democrats had their eye...
At a State Board of Elections meeting Monday, Chris Piper, commissioner of the Department of Elections said this year’s midterm elections had “unprecedented” turnout and went “relatively smooth.”“We had a strong day,” Piper told the Board of Elections on Monday. “It was a huge turnout for a midterm election.”Early...
When Emily McClure relocated to Virginia from Alabama, she was excited to vote in a state she considered purple."I feel like my vote would matter more here," she said. "I was excited to go to the polls and have my voice heard a little bit."McClure found someone to watch...
Midterms are over for Virginia voters, but there will be at least one more election before the end of the year for some.With Republican Del. Ben Cline's win in the 6th Congressional District and state Sen. Jennifer Wexton's win in the 10th, there are openings in the General Assembly,...
Virginia Democrats’ continued post-Trump electoral gains suggest Republicans face an uphill battle in next year’s General Assembly races as they campaign to maintain their razor-thin majorities in the state House and Senate.For two years running, Democrats’ top-of-the-ticket statewide candidates — Gov. Ralph Northam in 2017 and Sen. Tim Kaine...