Election 2017

Virginia Democrats will hold on to the governor's mansion, as well as the offices of lieutenant governor and attorney general, sweeping statewide races in yesterday's elections.  With all precincts reporting, Democrat Ralph Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie by a nearly 9-point margin, 54% to 45%.

Click here for latest election results statewide, and in your local races.

Just days away from elections in Virginia, this week's Second Look is devoted to Bob Leweke's interviews with the three candidates for governor -- Democrat Ralph Northam, Republican Ed Gillespie, and Libertarian Cliff Hyra.

Christopher Clymer Kurtz

With election day nearing, Virginia’s District 26 incumbent delegate Republican Tony Wilt and his challenger Democrat Brent Finnegan met last night [Thursday, November 2] in a forum hosted by the James Madison University student newspaper The Breeze. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz filed this report.

WMRA has been covering this year’s elections in Virginia with profiles of the races and districts in our region, and interviews with the candidates.  And we conclude today with Bob Leweke's conversation with Ed Gillespie, the Republican nominee for governor, who began by talking about his approach to traffic issues on Interstate 81.

Leading up to Election Day next Tuesday, this week we’re talking with all three candidates for governor.  We continue that today with Cliff Hyra, the Libertarian nominee, who recently joined Bob Leweke in our studio in Harrisonburg.

Our coverage of elections in Virginia continues with Bob Leweke's interviews with all three candidates for governor.  We begin with Dr. Ralph Northam, the current lieutenant governor, and the Democratic nominee for governor.

Zaakir Tameez

Over the summer, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an Executive Directive setting up a Millennial Civic Engagement Task Force. Its goal: get millennials more engaged throughout the Commonwealth. The Task Force held a summit last Friday in Richmond, and WMRA’s Marguerite Gallorini talked to one of the participants.

All 100 seats in the House of Delegates are up for grabs in this election. Will voters in the predominately rural 20th and 24th House Districts double down on Trumpism or reject his policies?  WMRA's Jessie Knadler takes a look at what’s happening in the House races there.

Bell and Squire campaigns

While Virginia overall favored Hillary Clinton by five points in last year’s election, voters in the 58th Virginia House District favored Donald Trump by almost 20 points.  Republican Rob Bell is running for his ninth consecutive term in the district, which includes parts of Albemarle, Fluvanna, Rockingham, and Greene Counties. In most of his races, Bell’s won with comfortable majorities. In fact, most years, he’s run unopposed. But not this year. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has the next installment in our series of candidate profiles.

Six Charlottesville city council candidates gave their final pitches to voters on Wednesday night at the African American Heritage Center in preparation for Election Day on November 7th. WMRA’s Jordy Yager has more.

Images courtesy of candidates’ Facebook account

On Tuesday, November 7, when voters in Virginia House of Delegates districts 25 and 26 head to the polls they will have choices. WMRA’s Christopher Clymer Kurtz spoke with both Republican incumbents and both Democrat challengers, and has these profiles of each.