Most Read Articles Oct. 23, 2017


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VA. DEMOCRATIC PARTY ABANDONS POPULIST CHALLENGER IN HOUSE RACE

By PATRICK WILSON , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

Democratic hopes were high back in April that the party could unseat an influential Republican lawmaker from Northern Virginia. Del. Jackson H. Miller, the House majority whip, had run for clerk of court for Prince William County, Manassas and Manassas Park. He was favored to win, but Democrats, energized by opposition to Donald Trump in the White House, got out their voters. Democratic candidate Jacqueline Smith pulled an upset over Miller.


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IN VIRGINIA'S TRUMP COUNTRY, LOW ENTHUSIASM FOR REPUBLICAN

By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press

People in Virginia's coal country still love President Donald Trump, but not his pick to be their next governor. Ed Gillespie is a Washington insider and Trump's choice as Virginians prepare to go to the polls. The president promised southwest Virginia voters in a tweet, "Ed Gillespie will never let you down!"


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NATIONAL DEMOCRATS ARE JITTERY ABOUT VA. GOVERNOR’S RACE

By DAVID WEIGEL AND ED O'KEEFE, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The Democratic National Committee gathered here over the past week with one worry on every activist’s mind: We’d better not lose the Virginia governor’s race. It’s a surprising case of the jitters over a place that hasn’t elected a Republican to statewide office in eight years — and that voted resoundingly against Donald Trump last year.


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IN ONE OF VIRGINA'S REDDER DISTRICTS, SERIOUS MONEY IN A CONTESTED RACE

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The normally sleepy and reliably Republican election season on the Middle Peninsula is looking a lot more lively in 2017, as a Democratic challenger is raising and spending serious money to challenge the General Assembly’s guru on stormwater and control of prescription medications. “We have people who say, ‘Nobody has ever knocked on my door,’ ” Democrat Sheila Crowley said.


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VISUALIZATION: TARGETED HOUSE SEATS

The Virginia Public Access Project

VPAP ranks House of Delegates districts based on the combined total direct donations candidates have received from political party committees and other candidates in the three months ending September 30. The list includes three open seats and 10 districts where incumbents face challengers.


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VIRGINIA PREPARING FOR BREAKUP OF CHILDREN'S HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM

By KATIE O’CONNOR , Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

As Congress remains idle over the future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Virginia last week began the process of unwinding a program that insures 65,000 children and 1,100 pregnant women in the state.


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EDITORIAL: THE STATE OF THE GOVERNOR'S RACE

Roanoke Times (Metered Paywall - 20 articles a month)

What the heck is going on? Last week we saw a slew of new polls in the governor’s race and they were all over the place, ranging from Democrat Ralph Northam with a lead of 14 percentage points in the Quinnipiac Poll to Republican Ed Gillespie with a lead of 1 percentage point in the Monmouth Poll. Lots of others were in between.


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DEMS AIM TO BOOST BLACK TURNOUT IN VIRGINIA GOVERNOR'S RACE

By LISA HAGEN , The Hill

Democrats are looking to mobilize black voters for Virginia’s crucial gubernatorial race, hoping to boost turnout with a core constituency that has repeatedly helped turn the state blue in the past. The governor’s race is one of the biggest electoral prizes on the ballot this year.


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CAR, CAMPAIGN MATERIALS STOLEN FROM HOME OF COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY CANDIDATE

By SCOTT DAUGHERTY , Virginian-Pilot (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

A car was stolen Tuesday outside the home of a candidate for commonwealth’s attorney. And when it was recovered later that evening about three miles away, almost 10,000 pieces of campaign literature emblazoned with the name and picture of T.J. Wright were missing.


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GROUP SPENDS $1M TURNING OUT DEMOCRATIC-LEANING GROUPS IN VIRGINIA

By KEVIN ROBILLARD , Politico

A group looking to turn out key Democratic-leaning demographics plans to spend just over $1 million in Virginia, ahead of the state's closely watched gubernatorial and state legislative elections.