The first real electoral test of the Donald Trump era is on the horizon (CNN)

Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington, says the off-year tilt toward Republicans likely won’t be as severe as usual again this year for three reasons: Democratic hostility to Trump; an increased number of competitive Democratic State House candidates inspired largely by that hostility who will work to turn out their party’s vote; and the presence on the ticket of an African-American Lt. Governor nominee, Justin Fairfax.

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