Two Independents, One Republican Face Six Democrats in Alexandria (Connection Newspapers)

“For candidates willing to take a chance, there can be a longer-term payoff,” said Stephen Farnsworth, director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington. “Candidates who lose a race they are expected to lose can still end up with a job in a gubernatorial or presidential administration, so defeats can turn into wins for one’s career down the road.”