ELECTION 2019

Virginia Democrats won enough seats in Tuesday’s elections to take control of the General Assembly next year, ushering in an era of unified Democratic governance for the first time in a quarter-century.Powered by a spike in voter turnout for a legislative election year, Democrats gained at least eight seats,...
VIRGINIA BEACH — Abortion. Rejection of Donald Trump and all his minions. A desire to show their children that, through voting, they can effect change.Those were the reasons repeated time and time again by voters in Suffolk and Virginia Beach on Tuesday. Local and state candidates were on the...
CULPEPER — Not everyone in Virginia’s 30th House District was voting for Nick Freitas, but everyone wanted a pen with his name on it.“It’s a free pen,” said Culpeper resident Stan Morford with a shrug as he and his wife went to cast a vote for “any Democrat” —...
While voting got off to a mostly uneventful start across the state, there was some déjà vu from the 2017 legislative elections in one county.In Stafford County, some early-morning voters in six precincts received the wrong ballots. State elections officials are still investigating the problem, but it appears to...
By Hannah Eason/ Capital News Service You might call it the Facebook Election. Many voters are “cutting the cord” from cable TV, and candidates and political organizations are turning to Facebook to attract Virginia voters in Tuesday’s legislative and local elections. Between July 1 and Oct. 25, Facebook users in Virginia were...
After all the ugly mailers, the deluge of money and the nonstop loop of nasty attack ads, Election Day is here.Virginia voters will elect all 140 members of the General Assembly today, with Republicans hoping to defend razor-thin majorities in the House and Senate and Democrats aiming to capture...
Compared to past cycles, the Virginia GOP is running a more diverse slate of candidates for this year's General Assembly elections that includes 13 women who are not incumbents, two black men and one Asian man.But there’s still work that can, and should, be done on that front, some...
Virginia House Minority Leader Eileen Filler-Corn is careful not to sound presumptive, but she’s already thinking about what Democrats could do in year one, year two and beyond if they win control of the General Assembly.If her party takes power in the elections Tuesday, she said, handling it wisely...
By Rodney Robinson/ Capital News Service October brought more donations to candidates and more knocks on constituent doors from both sides of the gun lobby. Democratic coffers -- which have reached historic levels of reported fundraising — swelled with October donations from Everytown for Gun Safety, a lobby group focused on reducing...
Rural Virginia has swung hard for Republicans over the last decade, driven by backlash to President Barack Obama, an emigration of more educated residents to urban and suburban areas, and a realignment in culture and voting patterns.So why is a Democrat in exurban Northern Virginia running on the campaign...