When Republicans forced a government shutdown in October 2013 in a fruitless quest to defund Obamacare, their Virginia gubernatorial candidate, Ken Cuccinelli, lost by fewer than 3 points. At the time, Cuccinelli’s top strategist lamented that “more than anything,” the shutdown “is what cost us the race.”
Ten years later, a new generation of House Republicans is on the verge of sparking a shutdown just ahead of another important election in Virginia, which could throw a wrench into Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s goals of capturing both chambers of the General Assembly. Early voting is already underway and the off-year election is being closely watched for clues about the 2024 presidential election landscape.
The two candidates running for the District 1 seat in the state Senate gave their views on education, abortion, agriculture and Interstate 81 safety at a forum Wednesday night. Republican nominee Timmy F. French and Democrat Emily G. Scott squared off at the Charterhouse School in Shenandoah County in the second day of forums ...
Abortion was a key issue among candidates for the 27th Senate District as speakers offered viewpoints that fell along party lines — as well as personal experience — during a Wednesday night debate.
Republican Tara Durant said she would support a plan to allow abortions, no later than 15 weeks into pregnancy, except in cases of rape, incest or danger to maternal health. In her next breath, she said the “true extremists” on the issue are her opponents, who she said would allow abortions to be held up to the minute a baby is born.
Party allegiance has likely been a driving factor for some who have already voted early in Henrico County’s Senate District 16, a competitive contest in which Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg, D-Henrico, is challenging Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, R-Henrico. Others may still be deciding which issues and proposed solutions matter most to them if they are planning to vote. Gun violence was a focus of discussion at a joint campaign event Thursday for VanValkenburg and Del. Rodney Willett, D-Henrico, featuring former Rep. Gabby Giffords, D-Ariz. ...
A new poll finds likely Virginia voters almost evenly split on which party they’d like in charge of the General Assembly, but more than half agree abortion is a top issue in the upcoming November election.
The poll, conducted by University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies among registered voters and likely voters, found 40% of Virginians favored Democratic Party majorities in the General Assembly, while 37% preferred Republican Party majorities.