Posts Tagged Governor Race 2017

New Attack Ad Brings Sanctuary Cities to Forefront of Governor’s Race

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A new attack ad from Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie (right) suggests Democratic candidate Ralph Northam (left) voted in favor of sanctuary cities. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Immigration issues remain a flashpoint in American politics as leaders in Washington debate everything from building a wall to deporting immigrants who are here illegally. Now, as Michael Pope reports, it’s an issue that’s stealing the spotlight in the campaign for governor.

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Northam Leads Gillespie By Seven Points in New Roanoke College Poll

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The race for governor is about to gear up heading into the fall. And a new poll from Roanoke College shows one candidate with a significant lead. Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.

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This Year’s Governor’s Race Could Have Lasting Impacts on Virginia Politics

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Gubernatorial candidates Democrat Ralph Northam (left) and Republican Ed Gillespie (right). The winner of this year’s election could have significant influence on redistricting efforts. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

This year’s election may end up being more important than most because the next governor will oversee a new round of political maps that will shape Virginia politics for the next decade. Michael Pope has details.

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Does Virginia’s Unemployment Rate Paint the Whole Picture?

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Republican gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie says the state’s unemployment rate is misleading. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Virginia’s unemployment is at its lowest level since the recession. But is that a sign of strength for the economy? Or does it indicate something else is going on? Michael Pope hit the road to find out.

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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, Northam Discuss Guns, Fracking and Economy in First Gubernatorial Debate

 

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The Homestead Resort in Hot Springs was the site of the first gubernatorial debate between Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam.
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Virginia’s two major-party candidates for governor duked it out over the weekend in the first of three debates. Michael Pope has the story.

 

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Gillespie Wins Uncomfortably Close Republican Primary; Stewart Does Not Concede

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Ed Gillespie smiles as he gives his victory speech Tuesday night. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Although the Democratic contest garnered the most pre-election attention, Ed Gillespie’s narrow victory against former Trump state campaign chairman Corey Stewart provided the night’s biggest surprise.

Gillespie was expected to win easily, and the close contest shows President Trump’s enduring appeal among GOP voters in Virginia and a potentially rocky path forward for Republicans in a state where Democrats have won every statewide election since 2009. Mallory Noe-Payne reports that Gillespie quickly turned his attention to his next opponent: Democrats.

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Perriello, Northam Asked About Their Regrets During Last Debate

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Asking candidates for office about their regrets can be a dicey game. And the answers can sometimes provide a window into the candidates and their campaigns. Take, for example, how the two Democrats running for governor answered that question at a recent debate.  Michael Pope explains.

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Democratic Candidates Debate in Norfolk

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Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam and former congressman Tom Perriello met in Norfolk last night for another debate before the June primary. As Michael Pope reports, a number of topics ranging from President Donald Trump to marijuana decriminalization were discussed.

Northam and Perriello also discussed the War on Drugs, something they both agreed needs reform.

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Corey Stewart Denounces His Opponents, Not White Nationalist Rally

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Republican Gubernatorial hopeful, Corey Stewart (Credit: facebook.com/CoreyStewartVA)

This weekend an alt-right group, widely associated with white nationalism, marched to a Confederate statue in Charlottesville — carrying torches and chanting. The rally made national headlines and now Virginia’s candidates in the upcoming race for governor are weighing in. Mallory Noe-Payne reports.

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Dueling Tax Plans: GOP Candidates for Governor Lay Out Proposals

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Corey Stewart, Frank Wagner and Ed Gillespie (left to right) take the stage during a Republican debate. (Credit: AP Photo / Steve Helber)

The three Republicans running for governor have each outlined a tax plan, and they couldn’t be more different. Michael Pope looks into the numbers.

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Democratic Candidates for Governor Talk College, Taxes and Trump

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The two Democrats running for governor are engaged in a tough battle for the nomination to take on Republicans. But during a televised debate this week, both were eager to take the fight to the Republicans.

One point of agreement between the two candidates is that students should receive two free years of community college. However, Tuesday night’s debate revealed sharp disagreement  over how to pay for it. Michael Pope reports.

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Democratic Candidates for Governor Debate Taxes and Education in Roanoke

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The two Democrats running for governor met in Roanoke Thursday night for a debate. Michael Pope reports that the two have differing viewpoints on tax reform.

The pair also got in a back and forth over about expanded higher education and how to pay for it.

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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Face Tough Opponents: Themselves

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The two candidates in the hotly contested Democratic primary for governor are not just engaged in a battle with each other. They’re also waging a battle against themselves. Michael Pope has the story.

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Fundraising Numbers Paint a Competitive Picture of Virginia’s Gubernatorial Race

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New fundraising numbers in the race for governor show a hotly competitive race with some candidates raising large amounts of campaign cash. Reporter Michael Pope is digging into the numbers.

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Getting Top Billing on June Primary Ballot Isn’t Like Getting Front-Row Seats ​

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While last year’s presidential election is still being debated, this next year’s election is almost upon us. As Michael Pope reports, candidates for state office are arguing about who gets their name at the top of the ballot.

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