ELECTION 2021

Democratic primary voters oust some of General Assembly’s most outspoken delegates

BY: - June 9, 2021

Primary voters in Virginia delivered a rebuke to the left wing of the Democratic party on Tuesday, sweeping three outspoken incumbents from office and rejecting progressive challengers in all but one race. By the end of the night, voters had booted Dels. Lee Carter, D-Prince William, the General Assembly’s only socialist; Ibraheem Samirah, D-Fairfax, a […]

Campaign finance reports: Ayala flips on Dominion, Youngkin self-funds and a big bundle of shadowy money drops

BY: and - June 3, 2021

With Republicans and Democrats alike reluctant to put limits on Virginia’s wide-open campaign finance system, money has been pouring into primary contests in what’s going to be a high-stakes election year. And the batch of campaign finance numbers released this week seemed to have something for everyone not to like. One week out from the […]

Mapping alliances in the Democratic primary

BY: - June 1, 2021

Endorsements don’t necessarily mean a whole lot when it comes to determining who’s going to win an election. But they can illustrate alliances, partnerships and factions that develop over time. To that end, the chart below traces 70 endorsements by sitting state and federal elected officials in Virginia in next month’s Democratic primary for governor, […]

Will the progressive prosecutor movement come to Richmond?

BY: - May 27, 2021

When a group of prosecutors representing some of Virginia’s biggest localities banded together to pursue criminal justice reform initiatives last year, one large, heavily Democratic city was conspicuously absent. Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin says she didn’t join the group, called the Virginia Progressive Prosecutors for Justice, because she “doesn’t need to join a club” […]

A legally required disclosure says the anti-Montgomery mailer was paid for and authorized by the House Democratic Caucus, as well as being authorized by King's campaign.

Va. House Democratic Caucus OKs mailers portraying top Democratic donors as ‘dark money billionaires’

BY: - May 26, 2021

The Virginia House Democratic Caucus authorized and funded attack mailers that falsely imply two of the state’s top donors to Democrats are right-wing “dark money billionaires,” according to an image of the mailer obtained by The Virginia Mercury. The caucus-backed messages were sent in support of new Del. Candi King, D-Prince William, who has accepted […]

‘Inexcusable’: Question in Democratic LG debate about Rasoul’s Muslim donors sparks backlash

BY: - May 25, 2021

The topic of campaign finance reform was raised in an unusual way Tuesday night at the first and only televised debate of Virginia’ Democratic primary for lieutenant governor, with a moderator tailoring a question specifically to Del. Sam Rasoul, the first Muslim ever elected to the General Assembly. Dave Lucas, an anchor at WJLA, noted […]

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 […]