Candidates and Campaigns

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The news that federal officials are scrutinizing campaign contributions to Governor Terry McAuliffe sets up another potential showdown between federal prosecutors and high-ranking elected officials in Virginia. It’s latest in a series of investigations in recent years. But  investigations don’t always lead to charges.

Multiple news outlets are reporting this morning that the Justice Department is scrutinizing Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe’s time as a board member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

Sticking to his promise not to discuss or attack any other potential 2016 presidential candidate, former Democratic U.S. Senator Jim Webb  did discuss where he believes the U.S. needs improvement—and where his own party has contributed to the dysfunction in Congress. 

Webb says he's very concerned about the country—and the reason that he ran for Senate is the same reason he's considering running for president. He says U.S. national security and foreign policies have in many ways been on auto-pilot since 9-11.  His other priorities include getting his party back on track.

With a concession speech in Northern Virginia by Republican Ed Gillespie, the U.S. Senate race is officially over, and Democrat Mark Warner will be entering his second term as a U.S. Senator. 

Initially, Gillespie was going to hold out until all of the local vote canvassing was completed. But he said after seeing that Warner's lead had grown even more since election day, it was time to call it quits.

Get Out The Vote

Nov 2, 2014

In a mid term election, the goal is to ‘get out the vote.’

When it comes to voting behavior, the older you are, the more likely you are to cast a ballot. In 2012, fewer than half of voters age eighteen to twenty-nine voted.  And the turn-out increased with age.  Almost three quarters of people 65 years and older made it to the polls.