Record Number of House GOP-Democratic contests

There will be 60 major-party contests in the House of Delegates this November -- the most since 1997 when VPAP began tracking Virginia elections.

The previous high was 55 major-party contests in 2009, the last-gasp try for Democrats to regain power before district lines were redrawn again in early 2011.

VPAP has posted a new data visualization that shows the trend in contested House races since 1997.

One-third of House seats will be uncontested this fall.

The major-party record is driven by the number of Republican-controlled seats that Democrats are contesting:

July 13, 2017