Posts Tagged Election 2017

Does More Money Lead to More Competitive House of Delegates Races?

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Republicans and Democrats are both targeting certain races for the House of Delegates this year, hoping to invest in retaining seats or in some cases flipping them to the other side. Michael Pope reports.

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With Election Day Looming, Education Policies Move to Forefront of Gubernatorial Race

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Republican Ed Gillespie (right) gestures towards Democrat Ralph Northam during the last gubernatorial debate of the campaign earlier this month. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

During the election season, Virginia’s two major-party candidates for governor have clashed on everything from environmental issues to health care. This week a new division is emerging on education policy. Michael Pope has details.

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For Better or Worse, Politics Central to Virginia’s Attorney General’s Race

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John Adams, the Republican candidate for Attorney General in Virginia, has repeatedly attacked his opponent, Democrat Mark Herring, for politicizing his office. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Virginia’s Attorney General has sued the Trump administration five times. He’s challenged the president’s decision to end DACA, the so-called Muslim Ban, and the recent decision to end subsidies that help poor Virginians afford health insurance. Now Mark Herring is up for re-election, and criticized for being too political. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Polls Give Hope To Both Northam And Gillespie

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Ralph Northam (left) and Ed Gillespie shake hands at their final debate of the campaign. Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber

The latest polls are showing a mixed picture in the hotly contested race for governor. Democrat Ralph Northam has a small but consistent lead against Republican Ed Gillespie in two new polls. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia Candidates Try To Navigate Trump Influence In Off-Year Election

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Republican President Donald Trump is not on the ballot this year. But candidates are feeling the need to respond to his controversial presidency. Michael Pope reports.

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Dems Hope to Turn VA’s Red Statehouse Blue; Targeting 17 Seats to ‘flip’ in November

Virginia_State_House_Districts_by_2015_House_and_2016_Presidential_PartyThe 2018 national midterm elections are considered ‘the first contest of the Trump Era.’  But some say it really begins now with Virginia’s vote in a few weeks. Republicans have long controlled the House of Delegates.  But Democrats are hoping to ‘flip’ districts that went for Hillary Clinton in 2016. Robbie Harris reports.

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Northern Virginia Race Pits Transgender Candidate Against Conservative Delegate

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Democratic nominee for the House of Delegates 13th District seat, Danica Roem, right, talks with a resident as she greets voters at a neighborhood in Manassas. Roem is running against Delegate Bob Marshall in the 13th House of Delegates District. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

One of the most high-profile House of Delegates races is also the most historic. The election for House District 13 in Northern Virginia features the first transgender candidate and one of the most conservative Republicans in the General Assembly. Michael Pope reports.

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How Some Candidates are Taking on Longstanding State Lawmakers

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Dawn Adams signs one of her campaign calling cards. She’s running against Republican Manoli Loupassi, who has held his seat for almost a decade. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

A hundred state lawmakers are up for election this November. They’re the ones who decide how much to pay teachers, whether to expand Medicaid, or if marijuana should be legal. Last time they were elected, only 29% of registered voters turned out.

This week we’ll highlight some of those House of Delegates races. We begin in Richmond, where Mallory Noe-Payne takes a look at what it’s like to challenge someone who’s held office for a decade.

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Gillespie, Northam Meet For Final Debate

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Democratic candidate for governor, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, left, shakes hanks with Republican challenger Ed Gillespie after their third and final debate last night at the University of Virginia-Wise. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Virginia’s two major party candidates are closing in on the final days of a heated campaign. They made some of their closing comments in rural Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Gillespie, Northam Hope to Impress in Tonight’s Final Gubernatorial Debate

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Democrat Ralph Northam, left, shakes hands with Republican Ed Gillespie during the second of their three debates last month in Northern Virginia. The third debate will take place this evening in Wise. (Credit: Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

The third and final debate between the candidates for governor of Virginia will take place tonight. It gives both major-party candidates an opportunity to create one final impression before voters head to the polls next month. Michael Pope has this preview.

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Democratic Delegate Tries To Rebuild Relationship With Rural Virginians

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Delegate Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke) speaks during a House session at the state Capitol in Richmond. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Democrats know they have an image problem among rural Americans.  The only Democratic Delegate west of Charlottesville is trying to flip the script. Jessie Knadler reports.

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2012 Ultrasound Bill Still A Factor In Lieutenant Governor’s Race

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Republican candidate for Lt. Gov. Virginia State Sen. Jill Vogel, right, gestures during a debate with Democrat Justin Fairfax at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va., Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber

On the campaign trail, issues surrounding women’s health are becoming one of the hottest points of debate between statewide candidates. Michael Pope has details.

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Democratic Candidates Propose Single Payer Healthcare

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Supporters of single-payer health care rally in California. A slate of local Democratic lawmakers are proposing something similar here in Virginia. (Credit: AP Photo / Rich Pedroncelli)

The healthcare debate may have simmered down in Congress, but it’s heating up in Virginia. This week, Democratic candidates for the House of Delegates rolled out a proposal for a single payer healthcare system. But Republicans in office quickly shot it down. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Lieutenant Governor Candidates Clash Over Guns, Trump

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Republican candidate for lieutenant governor State Senator Jill Vogel, right, gestures during a debate with Democrat Justin Fairfax at the University of Richmond, Thursday October 5th, 2017. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

The recent shooting in Las Vegas is creating a new flashpoint in the final few weeks Election 2017: guns. Michael Pope reports.

Donald Trump is not on the ballot this year in Virginia, but his Presidency was an issue Thursday night.

Fairfax attacked Jill Vogel for her support of Trump.  “She supported him in the election. She voted for him. She tweeted on the night that he won that he’s going to make America great again, and that’s what she believes,” Fairfax argued. “Well I don’t think he’s making America great again. I think what he and his appointees are doing are unraveling so much of the protections and so much of the progress that we have made as a country.”

Vogel did not try to distance herself from Trump. “So I am unapologetic about wanting to make Virginia great again, about wanting to make America great again, about being Republican. But I’m also unapologetic about the fact that in ten years in the Senate of Virginia, I have never been afraid to break with my party,” Vogel responded.

Polls show Trump is unpopular in Virginia, which is the only southern state he did not win last year.

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State Officials Working to Maintain Voting Integrity Following Russian Hack Attempt

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As voters begin casting absentee ballots in Election 2017, new details are emerging about the role Russia played in Virginia’s election last year. Michael Pope reports.

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Virginia’s Pay for Performance Grant Unique Take on “Free” Community College

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Students at John Tyler Community College take advantage of a state grant to earn their Manufacturing Technician Certificate. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

When Charles Griffin saw the flier at work for a Manufacturing Technician class, signing up was a no brainer. He builds refrigeration coils at a nearby plant and having this certificate could mean doubling his hourly pay. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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When It Comes to Cash on Hand, State Republicans Hold a Significant Advantage

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Delegate Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) has $700,000 in his campaign account. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

All the buzz this year in the election for House of Delegates has been with the Democrats, who are eager to capitalize on uneasiness with President Trump. But, as Michael Pope reports, most of the money is with the Republicans.

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Outside Money Helps Fund TV Air War in Governor’s Race

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If you’ve been watching television, you know it’s campaign season. But, as Michael Pope reports, it’s not just the candidates who are buying up TV time.

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​Northam Surges Ahead of Gillespie in Television Advertising

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Lieutenant Governor and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam during a televised debate in Northern Virginia last week. Northam has surged ahead of Republican Ed Gillespie in television ad buys. (Credit: Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Now that the campaign for governor is reaching the most intense stretch heading into Election Day, television viewers are noticing a nonstop round of commercials. But one candidate is rising above the other. Michael Pope explains.

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Surprising Number of Republican Candidates in Favor of Closing Gun Show Loophole

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Republican Lolita Mancheno-Smoak is one of the Northern Virginia Republicans on the ballot this year who say they would vote in favor of closing the gun show loophole. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Republican members of the General Assembly have stopped efforts to close the gun show loophole for years. But now a new generation of Republican candidates may indicate a shift in the momentum. Michael Pope has the story.

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Amazon is Just the Latest Topic of Discussion for Virginia’s Gubernatorial Candidates

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Will Virginia become home to a second headquarters for Amazon? That’s a question that’s consuming economic development officials right now. But it’s also become an issue on the campaign trail for the Executive Mansion. Michael Pope has the story.

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Just Like Any Other Candidates, Gillespie and Northam Have Distinct Weaknesses to Overcome

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Republican Ed Gillespie (left) and Democrat Ralph Northam at a televised debate in Northern Virginia earlier this week. (Credit: Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post via AP, Pool)

Every candidate has a something to overcome. So what are the weaknesses the two major party candidates for governor have heading into the fall election season? Michael Pope has the story.

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Northam, Gillespie Spar Over Taxes, Healthcare, Confederate Monuments

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Ralph Northam (left) and Ed Gillespie shake hands before Tuesday night’s debate in McLean. (Credit: Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post via AP, Pool) 

The major party candidates for governor met for a televised debate Tuesday night.  They sparred over taxes, healthcare and Confederate monuments, among other topics. Michael Pope reports on the candidates’ tax plans.

Both candidates appeared to dodge some issues. Northam’s apparent support for two proposed controversial natural gas pipelines was an issue that dogged him during the primary, when Tom Perriello offered clear opposition to the plan. Gillespie also struggled with a question about the healthcare proposal now under consideration in Congress. Michael Pope reports on the candidates’ responses about pipelines, healthcare and Confederate monuments.

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Money Continues to Roll Into this Year’s Statewide Election

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Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer announces a new partnership with the Democratic National Committee and several immigrant rights groups at a press conference in Falls Church. (Credit: Michael Pope)

Election 2017 may end up being one of the most expensive races in Virginia history. This week, Democrats are receiving a major infusion of cash. Michael Pope has details.

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Gillespie Floods Airwaves, Outspends Northam in Television Time

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie, who is outspending his opponent Ralph Northam in television ad spots. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

If you’ve been watching TV, you’ve probably noticed it’s election season. This fall, candidates for governor have been flooding the airwaves with commercials. But as Michael Pope reports, one candidate is spending more than the other.

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Ahead of November Election, Virginia Scraps Use of ‘Hackable’ Voting Machines

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Hackers participate in the computer science conference DefCon in Las Vegas in 2011. At this year’s conference, hackers attempted to break into various voting machines. (Credit: AP Photo / Isaac Brekken)

With only two months until election day, officials in Virginia have decided fully-electronic voting machines aren’t safe. Amid growing cyber-security threats, the Board of Elections is forcing localities to stop using the of the touch screen machines that leave no paper trail. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Education Takes Center Stage at NAACP Governor’s Forum

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Two of Virginia’s candidates for Governor were in Richmond Thursday at a forum hosted by Virginia’s NAACP. Mallory Noe-Payne was there and filed this report.

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Should Undocumented Suspects Be Held Without a Warrant? Candidates for Governor Disagree

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Virginia may not have any local governments that are willing to defy federal immigration law. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the commonwealth doesn’t have any sanctuary cities, depending on how that term is defined. And, as Michael Pope reports, the debate has become a flashpoint in the race for governor.

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If Approved, Virginia’s Gubernatorial Candidates Support the Pipelines

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Pipeline opponents outside of an environmental forum in Richmond Wednesday, where both candidates for governor say they’ll support two controversial natural gas pipelines. (Credit: Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ)

Two of Virginia’s candidates for Governor were in Richmond Wednesday at an environmental forum hosted by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam talked rising oceans, energy and oysters. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Republicans and Democrats Use Muslim Holiday to Campaign

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Muslim men pray at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling. (Credit: AP Photo / Sait Serkan Gurbuz)

The Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of fall and the start of an intense political season culminating in the November election. But it also represents a major milestone for Muslims, one that Republicans and Democrats are both using to help get their message across to an important voting constituency in Northern Virginia. Michael Pope reports.

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Republicans Aim to Keep Governor’s Race Local

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Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie has kept his distance from the president while Democrat work actively to tie the two together. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Only 38% of Virginians approve of President Donald Trump’s performance in office. His low approval rating has the state GOP in a bind, as they look towards a tight governor’s race this fall.

Pundits across the country are billing the race as the next referendum on the President. But Virginia’s Republican Party is trying to keep the focus on the state.

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Virginia Governor’s Race: The Candidates’ Plans for Rural High-Speed Internet

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Policy wonks call it the “last mile” – the infrastructure needed to get high-speed internet down those long and sparsely populated country roads. It’s expensive, and private companies are unlikely to recoup that investment from just a couple of households. And while Virginia’s candidates for governor agree something needs to be done, they don’t quite agree over how to fund it. Mallory Noe-Payne has details.

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Latest Poll Has Democrat Ralph Northam Edging Out Republican Ed Gillespie in Governor’s Race

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Virginia Democratic candidate for governor, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, celebrates his victory in the Democratic primary during an election party. (Credit: AP Photo / Cliff Owen)

Political season here in Virginia never seems to die, the commonwealth is now gearing up for a fall of campaigning for Governor and the state legislature. The latest poll numbers favor Democrats. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Gillespie Rolls Out Plan for Veterans

 

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Republican candidate for governor, Ed Gillespie, right, talks with former Republican Lt. Gov. candidate Glenn Davis, left, at a polling place on primary Election Day.
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Republican candidate for Governor Ed Gillespie was in Norfolk today, unveiling a suite of proposals to help Virginia’s veterans. Mallory Noe- Payne has details.

 

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November House of Delegates Election May Be Most Contested Ever

Virginia_State_Capitol3.jpgVoters will have more choices in this year’s election for the House of Delegates than they have ever had before. Michael Pope reports.

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Fourth of July Weekend, Gillespie Proposes Legalizing Fireworks

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Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie wants to make it easier for Virginians to access and use fireworks. (Credit: Gillespie Campaign)

As Virginians head into their holiday weekends, politics may be the last thing thing they want to talk about. But Virginia’s Republican candidate for Governor Ed Gillespie is taking advantage of the Fourth of July to announce a policy proposal: legalizing fireworks. Mallory Noe-Payne has the story.

 

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Virginia Democrats Show United Front

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Democratic candidate for governor, former Representative Tom Perriello, speaks to supporters at an election night party at the State Theatre Tuesday, June 13th, 2017 in Falls Church. Perriello lost to Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam in the primary for the Democratic nomination for Virginia governor. (Credit: Molly Riley / AP)

Democratic leaders gathered in Richmond this weekend to celebrate record-setting turnout in their party’s primary last week. Although former congressman Tom Perriello lost that race, he’s still working to keep Democratic energy high. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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‘The People Want a Fighter’ Says Stewart of Republican Primary

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Republican candidate for governor, Ed Gillespie, delivers a victory speech at his victory party in Richmond. Gillespie beat state Senator Frank Wagner and Corey Stewart in Tuesday’s primary. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Predictions led many to believe Republican Ed Gillespie would have an easy victory in yesterday’s election for the GOP nomination for Governor. And while he did win, it was by no means easy. His opponent Corey Stewart lost by just a few thousand votes. Mallory Noe-Payne has more.

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Virginians Head to the Polls Today in Party Primaries

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Democratic candidate, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, sports an “I Voted” sticker during a canvas kickoff. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

For the first time in the same year the major parties in Virginia are using a primary to pick their nominees for governor. The Democratic primary between Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello has  been hotly contested, while Republicans Corey Stewart and Frank Wagner are hoping to upset front-runner Ed Gillespie. Despite the race being touted as an early indicator of President Donald Trump’s success, election watchers are still expecting a low turnout.

Democrats are closely divided between Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and former Congressman Tom Perriello. Supporters for both campaigns are stationed at voting precincts across the state hoping to influence undecided voters.

As Michael Pope reports, some Democratic voters were still undecided at the polls.

While two Democrats have been locked in a heated battle, the Republican race has been a bit sleepier. Mallory Noe-Payne reports that state Republicans aren’t worried about a low turnout in the primary.

The low turnout numbers were expected across Virginia’s 2,500 precincts. Joe Staniunas talked to some voters in western Virginia.

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What Will Primary Turnout Mean for the Democratic Candidates for Governor?

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The hotly contested Democratic primary for governor will be decided by turnout, who shows up to the polls and who stays home. Michael Pope has this preview.

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No Presidential Endorsements for Gubernatorial Candidates

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Then-President Barack Obama stands with former Congressman Tom Perriello during a rally in 2010. Perriello, a Democratic gubernatorial candidate, has used audio from that event in a recent campaign ad. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

In case you didn’t already know from the glut of direct mail and all those door knockers canvassing your neighborhood, it’s election time. Tuesday is a hotly contested primary, and the airwaves are flooded with ads. Michael Pope has this look at one of the more controversial TV ads.

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Could Last-Minute Attack Ad Sway Voters Ahead of Next Week’s Primary?

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The final few days of a political campaign are always the most intense. And that’s certainly been the case in the hotly contested Republican primary for lieutenant governor. Michael Pope has the story.

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Meet the Candidates for Governor: Republican Frank Wagner

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State Senator Frank Wagner is one of three Republicans running for governor in Virginia.  He doesn’t have the money or national party connections of Ed Gillespie, and he’s not as controversial as Corey Stewart, but he told reporter Sandy Hausman that he hopes voters will recognize more than 20 years in the state legislature as a plus – and agree that it might be time to raise the gas tax in Virginia.

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Meet the Candidates for Governor: Republican Corey Stewart

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Corey Stewart is the Chairman of the Board in Prince William County, the second largest county in Virginia. A Tea Party Republican, he’s a strong proponent of gun rights, a passionate opponent of abortion, and – in an election some view as a referendum on Donald Trump – Stewart told Sandy Hausman he’s definitely in the President’s corner.

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Meet the Candidates for Governor: Republican Ed Gillespie

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Today we hear from Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the Republican National Committee. Gillespie is one of three Republicans vying to replace Democrat Terry McAuliffe. Before a campaign event in Richmond, Gillespie sat down with reporter Mallory Noe-Payne. He laid out his plan to strengthen Virginia’s economy, beginning with a tax cut to individuals and small businesses.

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Meet the Candidates for Governor: Democrat Tom Perriello

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Tom Perriello is one of two Democrats running for governor in Virginia. He’s running against current lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam. Perriello, a former Congressman from Charlottesville, is a relative outsider to state politics. But he’s been barnstorming the state, taking his pitch for progressive ideas like free community college and universal pre-K, straight to Virginians. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Meet the Candidates for Governor: Democrat Ralph Northam

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Ralph Northam is one of two Democrats running for governor in Virginia. He’s running against former Congressman Tom Perriello. Northam, who’s currently the lieutenant governor, is a pediatrician, veteran, and former state lawmaker. He’s hoping Virginian Democrats will recognize his experience in state politics as a valuable tool for governing.

Mallory Noe-Payne recently spoke with Northam about what he hopes to bring to Richmond.

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Confederate Monuments and Memorials: What Role Will They Play in this Year’s Elections?

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It may be 2017. But listen to candidates for statewide office, and you might think it’s the 1860s. Michael Pope has this look at how the Election of 2017 is playing out against a backdrop of Virginia’s Civil War history.

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In-Person Absentee Voting on the Rise in Virginia. What Does that Mean?

I-voted-stickerVirginia does not have early voting. But more and more people are voting before election day using in-person absentee ballots. So what does that mean for politics in Virginia? Michael Pope reports.

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Candidates for Virginia Lieutenant Governor: The Democrats

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Three Democrats are vying to become the party’s nominee for Lieutenant Governor. Michael Pope talked to the candidates to get a sense of why they are running, and what they hope to bring to the job.

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