Democrats Wexton, Luria and Spanberger unseat Republicans Comstock, Taylor and Brat, while Kaine cruises (Washington Post)

This year’s outcome “looks a lot like 2017 when angry suburban white voters pushed out Republican incumbents,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington. “This is in part a Trump effect, but it’s also a Corey Stewart effect.”

If Republicans had run a more mainstream candidate than Stewart at the top of the ticket, Farnsworth said, that might have been enough to help Taylor or Brat hang on in their tight races. “It’s clear the Republican Party has to retool in Virginia,” he said.

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