A transgender woman, a Sikh and 2 others vie to take on ultra conservative in Va. (Washington Post)

“This year looks very different than previous election cycles,” said Stephen J. Farnsworth, a ­political-science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.

“What you see in Prince William County generally, and in this district in particular, is a growing diversity, and that growing diversity is not an ally of a Republican candidate,” Farnsworth said. “The unpopularity of Trump may be creating an environment where a lot of Democrats are more motivated this fall than they were two or four years ago.”

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