Virginia senator who twice met Syria’s Bashar al-Assad will not seek reelection (Washington Post)

By bowing out, Black could clear the way for his party to nominate a moderate with more appeal to crucial swing voters. But the GOP will also lose a “canny political survivor” who built a loyal following through attentive constituent service and unyielding social and fiscal conservatism, said Stephen J. Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington.

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