Former President Barack Obama visited Richmond on Saturday to rally Democratic voters in the tight race between party nominee Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin, attacking the GOP nominee as a candidate who’s courted support from those who push “lies and conspiracy theories” about the 2020 presidential election.
Obama’s visit came 10 days before the Nov. 2 election, and the former president encouraged hundreds outside James Branch Cabell Library at Virginia Commonwealth University to vote by mail, vote early in person, work for the Democratic ticket and encourage others to vote.
Republican Glenn Youngkin kicked off a statewide bus tour Saturday, ending the night with a large rally in Henrico County where he laid out his vision if elected as Virginia’s next governor.
Youngkin, a first-time candidate, and his Democratic rival, former Gov. Terry McAuliffe, are each making a voter turnout push in the final stretch of a tight race for governor.
Stacey Abrams had a message for Democrats in Virginia on Sunday: If Republicans win on November 2, the commonwealth will begin looking a lot more like Georgia or Texas, two states that have seen years of Republican control.
Abrams, during an event in Charlottesville on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe that featured a performance by Dave Matthews, put the race between McAuliffe and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin in stark terms, further nationalizing a race that has already involved top name Democratic surrogates.
Former president Barack Obama delivered a full-throated endorsement of Virginia's Democratic ticket here Saturday, describing next month's election as determining the state's future and setting an example for the nation. “Go out there and fight and work because you’re going to decide this election and the direction of Virginia and the direction of this country for generations to come. Don’t sit this one out,” Obama exhorted a cheering crowd of some 2,000 people outside the Virginia Commonwealth University campus library.
Former President Barack Obama offered a sharp rebuke of the Republican candidate for Virginia governor, Glenn Youngkin, as he encouraged voters on Saturday to support Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the closely watched race.
Obama accused Youngkin of portraying himself as a friendly everyman while encouraging what Obama called “lies and conspiracy theories” about widespread voting fraud in the 2020 elections. Former President Donald Trump has continued to push the false narrative about election fraud, which fueled the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Barack Obama came to Virginia’s capital on Saturday seeking to charge up tuned-out Democratic voters — and jolt Terry McAuliffe’s campaign for governor.
The former president is the latest high-profile surrogate to visit the commonwealth for McAuliffe, the former Democratic governor locked in a close battle with first-time Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin with just 10 days to go until the gubernatorial election.
Former President Barack Obama painted Republican Glenn Youngkin as being out-of-touch with the middle class, urging voters to turn out for Democrat Terry McAuliffe during a Richmond stump speech on Saturday.
Mr. Obama, who spoke in front of the Virginia Commonwealth University’s library, centered his speech around taking aim at Mr. Youngkin’s wealth and candidacy, without invoking the candidate’s name.
Glenn Youngkin wants voters in Virginia to hear an urgent message: Your children are in danger.
In a speech in Northern Virginia’s suburbs last week, the Republican candidate for governor highlighted the murky case of a student who allegedly committed sex crimes in two area schools. He said the incidents, which have sparked community outrage, are the result of failed Democratic leadership.
The two women seeking the lieutenant governor’s office in Virginia next month are fond of touting their unconventional political backgrounds. One thing is certain: Whichever one wins will be making history.
Either candidate would be the first woman as well as the first woman of color to serve in a post that frequently serves as a launching pad to the governor’s mansion. Half of the past 10 lieutenant governors went on to become governor.
Fueled by an incident involving incumbent Del. Chris Hurst, Republican Jason Ballard is attempting to reclaim the 12th District for Republicans — which would be a notable statewide party victory in a year the control of the House of Delegates is at stake.
But the incumbent Democrat Hurst, won in his first attempt for public office in 2017 over hard-working Republican Del. Joseph Yost in a district that can lean Democratic due to the historical vote in Blacksburg.
A state lawmaker resigned as a Hampton prosecutor Thursday — stepping aside 12 days before the election in which he’s seeking a new term at the General Assembly.
Hampton Commonwealth’s Attorney Anton Bell said Del. Mike Mullin, D-Newport News — who’s worked under him as an assistant prosecutor since 2018 ― “left for personal reasons.”
The race for Virginia’s 7th House of Delegates District will show whether an Army veteran can emerge victorious against an outspoken and locally popular business woman in a territory that has long emanated volcanic red.
Earlier this year, Marie March clinched the GOP nomination for the seat that Del. Nick Rush, R-Christiansburg, will leave at the end of this year. Some time after, Derek Kitts won the Democratic nomination in the race.
Delegate Betsy B. Carr is looking to secure a seventh term in the House of Delegates in a district that is solidly Democratic.
House District 69 covers portions of Richmond largely south of the James River, although it also takes in some areas north of the river, including Maymont, Randolph, Oregon Hill and The Carillon. The district also stretches south into a portion of Chesterfield County.
Candidates running for the 88th House of Delegates race will take part in an online debate Tuesday night.
The University of Mary Washington is hosting the debate, the second of two for Fredericksburg-area House of Delegates races. The first debate involved candidates in the 28th District.
The debate for the 88th House of Delegates seat will include Republican Phillip Scott, Democrat Kecia Evans and Libertarian Timothy Lewis. The candidates are vying for the seat held by Republican Del. Mark Cole, who is not running for reelection.
Virginia’s only black governor accused fellow Democrats of taking the African American vote for granted, even as they neglect historically black colleges and tell parents to stay out of their children's classrooms.
Douglas Wilder, who served from 1990 to 1994, said Virginia Democrats, including current Gov. Ralph Northam and candidate Terry McAuliffe, have shortchanged the state’s five historically black colleges and universities.
Loudoun County's Commonwealth's Attorney Buta Biberaj is taking steps to secure her own safety after she says she received multiple alleged death threats.
Virginia State troopers are investigating.
Biberaj, is a first-generation Muslim immigrant and has been portrayed by multiple far-right websites as an "immigrant" prosecutor who targeted the father of a school rape victim. She's also been sharply criticized by Republican candidate for Virginia governor Glenn Youngkin, who said in a speech Tuesday night, "Loudoun County's Commonwealth's Attorney targeted the victims' families."