Former Carlyle Group CEO could knock Democrats out of Virginia’s governor’s office. Here’s what to know (CNBC)

“If you have to choose a bellwether, few states would be better choices than Virginia,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. “Virginia has become a leading political indicator for the midterm elections because there are few statewide elections the year after a presidential contest,” Farnsworth said.