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Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe are squaring off in a battle to replace Gov. Robert McDonnell in Richmond.


Va. Democrats hope to use Clinton mojo to improve their own position

(Jim Young / Reuters)

While building support for her 2016 campaign, they hope to gain an advantage in state Senate races.


From space, NASA shows Virginia vineyards how they really look

(Bonnie Jo Mount / The Washington Post)

Industry hopes data will help vintners make better decisions about where to grow their grapes in Virginia.


After Va. man is exonerated, critics see a broken justice system

(Reza A. Marvashti / For The Washington Post)

Following the pardoning of Michael Kenneth McAlister, 58, legal experts warn mistakes could happen again.


Movie about Va.’s now-defunct ban on interracial marriage to be shot in state


Gov. McAuliffe said the themes in ‘Loving’ are relevant today amid the same-sex marriage debate.


Governor pardons Va. man in prison 29 years in case of mistaken identity

(Courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project and Miller & Chevalier / Courtesy of Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, Miller & Chevalier)

Michael McAlister, convicted in 1986 of sexual assault, bore an uncanny resemblance to another man.


Election-year shakeup in Virginia Democratic Party continues

The party’s executive director says he will step down, two months after the chairman’s unexpected exit.


McAuliffe vetoes surveillance technology bill to chagrin of privacy hawks

(Tom Jackman / The Washington Post)

He said bills regulating automated license plate readers would sweep up private and traffic cameras.


McAuliffe travels in search of cash for Virginia Democrats

The governor started the week in California and is wrapping it up in Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky.


Proposed zoning changes would restrict abortion clinics in Manassas

(Astrid Riecken / For The Washington Post)

The zoning changes could eventually shutter the city's sole abortion clinic.

Virginia’s cicada-eating, Kegerator-using head salesman, Terry McAuliffe

Va. Governor Terry McAuliffe unleashes his relentless appetite to make a deal.