Virginia Democrats Justin Fairfax and Mark Herring on Tuesday won hotly contested races for lieutenant governor and attorney general, respectively, beating back strong challenges from two conservative Republicans and completing a sweep by their party at the top of the ticket.
Democratic Attorney General Mark R. Herring won a second term on Tuesday, prevailing over a well-financed challenge from GOP newcomer John Adams as Virginia Democrats swept races in what many saw as a backlash against President Trump.
U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., stopped at Shenandoah University’s Glaize Studio Theatre on Saturday to campaign for Virginia’s Democratic ticket in advance of Tuesday’s election.
Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, and Republican Ed Gillespie are running to be Virginia’s next governor. Cliff Hyra is the Libertarian gubernatorial candidate. Attorney Justin Fairfax is on the Democratic ticket for lieutenant governor against state Sen. Jill Vogel, R-Upperville. Incumbent Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, is being challenged by Richmond attorney John Adams, a Republican.
The test of whether the nation’s Democrats can turn enthusiasm into tangible victories rested on a pingpong table in the basement of a home in Leesburg, Va., where breakfast sweets vied for space with scores of election packets that dozens of volunteers gathered to deliver to homes of potential voters.
Local political novices and aficionados on both sides of the political spectrum gathered Saturday evening for their respective party dinners in Washington County, Virginia....It’s a tradition, going back a half century, for each party to gather in advance of the election, which is scheduled Tuesday in Virginia.
A year out from the 2018 midterm elections, the two major parties are furiously cramming to learn everything they can about the nation’s political climate in Virginia, home to Tuesday’s hotly contested governor’s race and several congressional battleground contests next year.
Governors’ races are not a perfect match for gleaning the electoral mood in federal races a year from now, but Democrats and Republicans are monitoring key themes in Virginia — and they’re ready to adapt, depending on the outcome.
The race for Virginia attorney general started negative and will finish even more so.
Mark Herring, the incumbent, was elected in 2013 and became the state’s first Democratic attorney general since 1994.
Herring’s outspoken support of same-sex marriage and certain gun restrictions has draw rebukes from Republicans in the state legislature.
Voters in the Fredericksburg region will have a host of statewide and local candidates to choose from in Tuesday’s highly anticipated election.
The race for governor between Democrat Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie is the main attraction, with many labeling it a referendum on Republican President Donald Trump’s first year in office. It has devolved into a nasty campaign featuring attack ads tying Northam to MS-13 gangs and a child molester and Gillespie to the Enron scandal and white supremacists.
Virginia has the only attorney general race in the country this year, and it has attracted a lot of attention and a lot of outside money from both parties.
Democrat Mark R. Herring, Virginia’s current attorney general, is running for re-election against Republican John D. Adams, a newcomer to politics who works for a powerhouse Republican law firm, McGuireWoods in Richmond.
Economics, recent racially charged political ads, and neck-and-neck polling projections were among the key topics as the complete Republican gubernatorial ticket spoke at a Get Out The Vote drive at the Stonewall Ruritan Building on the Frederick County Fairgrounds on Friday evening.