Henrico, Petersburg races draw millions in cash, underscoring high stakes (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

“There is a huge amount of money and in-kind contributions being donated to shape the outcome of this year’s elections,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington, speaking broadly of the October contributions. “The stakes are doubly high as whichever party prevails will use the Virginia elections as the national template for next year,” Farnsworth said.