Government & Politics


Last night’s results were off from what most polls showed leading up to Election Day. Virginia is one of the only states to stay the predicted course, though it was closer than anticipated.

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The all-time high point for turnout in Virginia for modern elections was in 1992.

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When Bernie Sanders dropped out of the presidential race, many Democrats worried that college students – an important voting block for Barack Obama – might not vote this time around, but Sandy Hausman found strong interest when talking to students in Charlottesville and Richmond.

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Parts of Montgomery County in southwestern Virginia are like small islands of blue in a sea of red. It’s home to two universities, where many residents lean to the liberal side. But the county as a whole has gone for the Democrat just three times in the last 14 presidential elections. 

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The race for mayor in Richmond has taken another surprising turn.  Former state Delegate Joe Morrissey – known for having an affair with his 17-year-old intern, brawling outside the courthouse and bringing an AK-47 onto the floor of the General Assembly, leads in the polls. 

Now, Morrissey faces a new scandal.

Last week, the Richmond Times Dispatch reported a former client of lawyer Joe Morrissey’s had accused him of pressuring her for sex. Morrissey has denied those charges.