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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

(AP / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.