Democrats see victory as Republicans go on defense in Trump-friendly Virginia district (Washington Times)

Republicans haven’t won a statewide race in Virginia since 2009 — though political scientist Stephen Farnsworth said Virginia should still be considered a purple state.

“But if Republicans plan to win statewide elections, they have to offer purpler candidates,” said Mr. Farnsworth, a professor at the University of Mary Washington. “Virginia has changed a lot since George Allen ran for governor, and the messages that worked then won’t work now for the Republicans.”

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