ELECTION 2021

The five Democratic candidates for governor squared off in a virtual debate on May 20.

Why you? In third debate, Democratic candidates for governor answer the question.

BY: - May 20, 2021

The five Democratic candidates for governor in Virginia squared off in a virtual debate Thursday night, the third of four debates scheduled before the June 8 primary. The hourlong event hosted by NBC4 Washington covered much of the same territory as the first two debates, with former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Sen. Jennifer McClellan, Lt. Gov. […]

After months of refusing to say Biden won legitimately, Youngkin says, ‘Of course.’

BY: - May 12, 2021

In the GOP field of gubernatorial candidates, only one was ever willing to call Joe Biden the legitimate winner of the 2020 presidential election. It was not Glenn Youngkin, who won the Republican nomination this week. That changed pretty quickly this week as he began his pivot to the general election. His campaign emailed reporters […]

Virginia GOP picks Glenn Youngkin as its nominee for governor. Here’s what we know about him. 

BY: and - May 10, 2021

He’s ultra-rich, enjoys tubing and shotguns and, until a few months ago, was virtually unknown in Virginia political circles. Glenn Youngkin emerged as the Virginia GOP’s nominee for governor on Monday after a relatively drama-free day of vote counting that saw the 54-year-old former CEO of the Carlyle Group maintain a comfortable lead through successive […]

Jones hits Herring over ‘no empathy’ blackface admission in first Democratic AG debate

BY: - May 6, 2021

As he tries to become Virginia’s first Black attorney general, Del. Jay Jones made clear on the debate stage Wednesday night that he wasn’t going to tiptoe around the topic of race. Facing off against incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring in the first televised debate of the Democratic primary, Jones introduced himself as the descendant […]

‘Anybody’s game’: Democratic LG candidates still working to introduce themselves to Virginia voters

BY: - May 4, 2021

If the last public poll was any indicator, Virginia Democrats still have lots of homework to do before making their picks in the primary for lieutenant governor. A Christopher Newport University poll conducted in mid-April found 64 percent of likely primary voters undecided in the race, with Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, the apparent leader with […]

COMMENTARY

Virginia’s GOP gambles on creative ranked-choice voting for 2021 nominees 

BY: - May 4, 2021

By Mark J. Rozell  The Republican Party of Virginia has a chance this year to reestablish itself as a competitive force in statewide elections. After a dozen years without a statewide victory, the GOP leadership needed to take a careful look within to understand why voters have turned their backs on the once dominant political party […]

More than 53,000 delegates register to vote in Virginia GOP convention

BY: - April 28, 2021

The Virginia GOP says 53,524 delegates have registered to vote in the party’s nominating convention next week, in which Republicans will select their candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Rich Anderson announced the number at a candidate forum on Tuesday evening, predicting the event would be “the largest […]

An anti-Pete Snyder mailer funded by the Commonwealth Conservative Fund.

Mystery groups spend thousands trashing GOP candidates for governor

BY: - April 15, 2021

In Virginia Cornerstone PAC’s video ads, Glenn Youngkin is an out-of-touch elitist whose global investment firm did business in China and paid Hillary Clinton $200,000 in speaking fees. In mailers sent out by the Commonwealth Conservative Fund, Pete Snyder, aka “Sneaky Pete,” is a RINO who once said Donald Trump sounded like a “racist jerk.” […]

Filler-Corn reports raising more than $580K in first quarter, with record $1.75M on hand

BY: - April 9, 2021

Virginia House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, will report raising more than $580,000 in the first quarter of 2021, starting a pivotal election year with over $1.75 million on hand — a record amount for a speaker at this point in a campaign cycle, according to her office. The governor’s race may get top billing this […]

For Virginia GOP gubernatorial hopefuls, post-Trump era starts with big emphasis on ‘election integrity’

BY: - April 7, 2021

The GOP candidates for governor had just finished introducing themselves to members of the Princess Anne Republican Women’s Club when the forum’s moderator realized she had misplaced her list of questions. Not a problem, she said: “I do remember one off the top of my head, so we’ll go with the elephant in the room. […]

Clean Virginia backs Carroll Foy for governor with $500K donation

BY: - April 5, 2021

The advocacy group Clean Virginia is endorsing Democrat Jennifer Carroll Foy for governor, support that comes with an eye-popping $500,000 PAC donation to the former state delegate’s campaign. Founded and financed by wealthy Charlottesville investor Michael Bills, Clean Virginia had already given $100,000 to both Carroll Foy and Sen. Jennifer McClellan, D-Richmond, signaling initial approval […]

Stricter approach to late paperwork in Va. House races could end three Democratic primaries early

BY: - April 1, 2021

Apparently fed up with paperwork coming in late, Virginia’s State Board of Elections has refused to extend a key campaign filing deadline this year, potentially affecting eight candidates running for the House of Delegates. Three are Democrats looking to challenge incumbent lawmakers, meaning, if the decision stands, Dels. Luke Torian, D-Prince William, Betsy Carr, D-Richmond, […]