Energized Through Trump, Democrats In Virginia Try To Make Floor In The Statehouse

“Despite the record-breaking number of competitive races, Virginia’s Republican party chair John Whitbeck argues Democrats won’t be able to nationalize local races.
The group is making it easier for new candidates running for office by paying filing fees, creating websites, and writing field plans.
“Recruiting DemocratsAcross the state, Democrats are now fielding candidates like VanValkenburg in districts they previously weren’t contesting.
For more than a century, Virginia’s state government was controlled by a one-party political machine.
For Democrats, VanValkenburg and a surge of candidates like him in Virginia are part of the first major test for their party at the state level in the Trump era.

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