Virginia Resources

Population: 8,382,993 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 29, 2018.

Primary: June 12, 2018.

Virginia (D+0) has traditions in common with the rest of The South, but has become more moderate politically and is now considered a swing state. It is 67% White, 19% Black, 7% Hispanic and 6% Asian.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 13. Vir­ginia is a swing state in Presidential elections.

Sena­tors: 2 Democrats.

Tim Kane

Senator class 1: Tim Kaine (D)
Committees: Armed Services, Budget, Foreign Relations, Health & Education.

Democratic nominee: Tim Kaine
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, July 15, 2017:
Likely Dem.

Status, July 23, 2016:
Lawyer, Mayor of Richmond, LG, Governor and federal Party Chairman Tim Kaine (b.1958) was elected to the Senate in 2012, with 53%.

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Mark Warner

Senator class 2: Mark Warner (D)
Committees: Banking, Budget, Finance, Rules, Intelligence (Ranking).

Democratic nominee: Mark Warner
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Jan 23, 2017:
TBD.

Status, May 17, 2016:
Lawyer, businessman and Governor Mark Warner (b.1954) was first elected in 2008, but had a surprisingly close call in 2014, with only 49% and a razor thin margin.

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Representatives: 11 Representatives; 4 Democrats and 7 Republicans. Virginia has a peculiar nomination system in which the party decides, in every electoral unit, whether to conduct a primary or nominate through a convention. The Congressional districts were redrawn in 2015 by a Federal Court.

Rob Wittman

District 1
Representative: Rob Wittman (R)
Committees: Armed Services, Natural Resources.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Rob Wittman

Rating, June 18, 2016:
Safe GOP .

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district covers eastern parts of the state, including the northern coastline and Williamsburg and Jamestown. It was slightly changed in the last redrawing and is 71% White, 16% Black and 7% Hispanic. County Commissioner and State Representative Rob Wittman (b.1959) was first elected in a special election in 2007 and won 61% in 2016.

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Scott Taylor

District 2
Representative: Scott Taylor (R)
Committees: Appropriation.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Scott Taylor

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district runs along the southern coastline and includes Virginia Beach and parts of Newport News and Norfolk, It has changed a bit in the last redraw and is 66% White and 20% Black. The GOP held the seat with State Representative, businessman and veteran Scott Taylor (b.1979).

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Robert Scott

District 3
Representative: Robert Scott (D)
Committees: Education (Ranking).

Democratic nominee: Robert Scott
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district covers southeastern Virginia and contains Richmond, Petersburg and parts of Newport News and Norfolk. It has become more Republican and less Black in the redraw, but is still safely Democratic. Lawyer and State Senator Robert Scott (b.1947) was first elected in 1992 and won 67% in 2016.

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Donald McEachin

District 4
Representative: Donald McEachin (D)
Committees: Armed Services, Natural Resources.

Democratic nominee: Donald McEachin
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, September 3, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district covers southeastern areas, but has been changed quite a bit in the redraw. The proportion of Black (and therefore Democratic) voters increased so significantly that it went from safe GOP to safe Dem. The Democrats took the seat with State Senator and lawyer Donald McEachin (b.1961), who won 57%.

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Tom Garrett

District 5
Representative: Tom Garrett (R)
Committees: Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Education.

Democratic nominee:  ?
Republican nominee: Tom Garrett

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district covers central areas of the state, running form the North Carolina border in the south almost up to the West Virginia/Maryland border in the north. It is 75% White and 20% Black. The GOP held the seat in 2016 with lawyer and State Senator Tom Garrett (b.1972), who won 58%.

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Bob Goodlatte

District 6
Representative: Bob Goodlatte (R)
Committees: Judiciary (Chair), Agriculture.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Nov 16, 2016:
The district (R+12) runs along the northern parts of the West Virginia border and includes Roanoke. Det is 84% White and 10% Black. Lawyer Bob Goodlatte (b.1952) was first elected in 1992 and took 67% in 2016. He is not running again in 2018.

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Dave Brat

District 7
Representative: Dave Brat (R)
Committees: Budget, Education, Small Business.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Dave Brat

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Likely GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district lies in the central parts of the state and is 76% White and 14% Black. It was slightly changed in the redraw. Professor Dave Brat (b.1964) won a sensational victory in the GOP primary in 2014, when he defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. He won 58% in 2016.

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Don Beyer

District 8
Representative: Don Beyer (D)
Committees: Natural Resources, Science.

Democratic nominee: Don Beyer
Republican nominee:  ?

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (D+16) covers the central, northern Virginia including the heavily populated suburbs of Washington DC. It is 56% White, 13% Black, 17% Hispanic and 11% Asian. Businessman, ambassador and LG Don Beyer (b.1950) held the open seat for the Dems in 2014 and won 69% in 2016.

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Morgan Griffith

District 9
Representative: Morgan Griffith (R)
Committees: Energy and Commerce.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Morgan Griffith

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe GOP.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+15) cover the southwestern corner of the state and is 91% White. Lawyer and State Representative Morgan Griffith (b.1958) defeated an incumbent Democrat in 2010, and won 69% in 2016.

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Barbara Comstock

District 10
Representative: Barbara Comstock (R)
Committees: Science, Administration, Transportation.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Barbara Comstock

Rating, July 22, 2017:
Tossup.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (R+2) covers north central areas along the Maryland/West Virginia border, including some DC suburbs. It is 69% White, 11% Hispanic and 12% Asian. Lawyer and State Representative Barbara Comstock (b.1959) held the seat for the GOP in 2014 and won 53% in 2016.

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Gerry Connolly

District 11
Representative: Gerry Connolly (D)
Committees: Foreign, Oversight.

Democratic nominee: Gerry Con­nolly
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, May 17, 2016:
Safe Dem.

Status, Jan 11, 2017:
The district (D+10) cover outer suburbs south and east of DC. It is 53% White, 12% Black, 16% Hispanic and 17% Asian. Gerry Connolly (b.1950) has had numerous jobs and offices within public administration in the state. He was first elected in 2008 and had no GOP opponent in 2016.

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STATE LEVEL

Inauguration Day: The second Wednesday of January.

The Governor of Virginia is term limited after 4 years. After 4 years, s/he can run for 4 more years. There is no term limit for the other two State Offices. 

Terry McAuliffe

Governor: Terry McAuliffe (R)

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, Sep 16, 2017:
Lean Dem.

Status, Nov 8, 2017:
Lawyer, businessman and federal Party Chair Terry McAu­liffe (b.1957) won the office in 2013 with barely 48%. He is term limited in 2017. The Democrats held the office in 2017 with veteran, former physician and LG Ralph Northam (b.1959), who won 54%.

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Ralph Northam

Lieutenant Governor: Ralph Northam (D)

Democratic nomineeJustin Fairfax
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, September 5, 2017:
Lean Dem.

Status, Nov 8, 2017:
The LG is nominated and elected separately in VA. Physician and State Senator Ralph Northam (b.1959) took 55% in 2013 and was elected Governor in 2017. The Dems kept the office with lawyer and 2013 AG candidate Justin Fairfax (b.1978), who won 53%.

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Mark Herring

Attorney General­: Mark Herring (D)

Democratic nominee: Mark Herring
Republican nominee: ?

Rating, November 3, 2017:
Lean Dem.

Status, Nov 8, 2017:
This race was very close in 2013, with lawyer and State Senator Mark Herring (b.1961) defeating his GOP opponent by 0.04%, but he was reelcted in 2017 with 53%.

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State Senate: 40 (19D / 21R). Term: 4 years. Elections in 2019.
State House: 100 (34D / 66R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2017.

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