Suburban Richmond race becomes first to top $1 million in TV ads (Virginia Mercury)

“All indications are that things are still quite close in a lot of these districts and that means that there’s going to be more and more money poured into these races this last month before the election,” said Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies.

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Trump Overshadows State Scandals Ahead of Virginia Elections (Courthouse News)

“Northam scandals are a useful tool for Republicans, but it won’t be that useful,” Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science at the University of Mary Washington, said in a phone interview.

Farnsworth said the real issue in this year’s race, which will see both chambers of the Legislature up for grabs, is President Donald Trump.

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Competitive Senate race spends over $1 million in media ads (Washington Post)

“All indications are that things are still quite close in a lot of these districts and that means that there’s going to be more and more money poured into these races this last month before the election,” said Stephen Farnsworth, professor of political science and director of the University of Mary Washington’s Center for Leadership and Media Studies.

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Va. Republicans target freshman Democrats in hopes of keeping House majority (Washington Post)

Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, said Republicans are doing what they need to do to be competitive in the suburbs. But, he added, “It’s very hard for them to be heard over the gale-force winds coming out of Washington.”

Va. Republicans target freshman Democrats in hopes of keeping House majority