Loudoun County Republicans were dealt a major blow Tuesday night, with their party's nominee for governor falling short and three GOP incumbents losing their local House of Delegates seats.
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.
The nation’s eyes will be on Virginia on Tuesday as voters go to the polls to choose a governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. All 100 House of Delegates seats in the Virginia General Assembly also are up for election.
The political stakes are high — the Republican Party wants to prove it can still win statewide elections in Virginia, which it has failed to do since 2009, and Democrats want to solidify a win to push for progressive politics on the federal level.
In addition to the high-profile race for governor and other statewide races, Virginia voters will be asked to weigh in on a flurry of competitive races farther down the ballot: House of Delegate seats are also up for grabs Tuesday.
This election features more competitive House races than at any time in the past two decades, and analysts say the usually local, low-key races are shaping up to be an early barometer of the national political climate nearly a year into Donald Trump’s presidency.
Over the last six years, three-term Del. Randy Minchew (R-10th) has handily won in the House of Delegates' 10th District.
He was elected in 2011 right before the 10th District voted for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over former President Barack Obama by about a 2 percent margin, and he has since run unopposed by opponents in his party.
With some exceptions, Democrats in local races have, with increasing percentages, continued to raise and spend more money than their incumbent Republican counterparts, according to new campaign finance reports.
On Monday the Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP) published reports submitted by candidates across the state for the Sept. 1 to Sept. 30, 2017, period, which were due Friday.
Candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates’ 10th, 29th and 33rd districts stumped at a forum on Saturday morning in the Handley Regional Library auditorium.
The forum was hosted by the American Association of University Women.
Gun control and health care were among the lead topics three candidates competing for House of Delegates seats tackled at a forum held by The League of Women Voters of Loudoun County on Tuesday.
The two candidates for the 10th District, incumbent Del. Randy Minchew (R) and Clarke County Democrat Wendy Gooditis fielded questions along with Democrat Tia Walbridge...
A Clarke County Democrat will challenge incumbent Del. Randy Minchew (R-Leesburg) in the House of Delegates 10th District.
Wendy Gooditis, a Realtor and longtime educator, is running on a message of a hard work ethic pays and that “the government should provide all Virginians with the basics, job opportunities, safe roads, clean air and equal opportunity.”