A guide to the 2022 Virginia general election

Poll workers put out signs to guide voters to Rose Hill Elementary School in Alexandria during midterm primary elections on June 21. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Several high-profile races are on the ballot in Virginia this year that could help determine which party controls Congress.

Democrats and the GOP have been wrestling to steer the narrative in the election. Republicans have been hammering on the economy and inflation and attacking Democrats for what they call “wasteful spending” in the Inflation Reduction Act, which the Congressional Budget Office estimated won’t materially affect inflation either way. Democrats, meanwhile, have been pouring millions into advertising on abortion after the overturn of Roe v. Wade, painting opponents as extreme in their opposition to abortion — while touting cutting health-care costs and boosting clean energy as part of the Inflation Reduction Act.

Voters received continued deluge of TV ads and attacks on those issues in the weeks leading up to the election, particularly in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, where both parties have spent or reserved more than $25 million in broadcast TV ads, and in Virginia’s 2nd, where the parties have spent or reserved more than $15 million, according to the Virginia Public Access Project.

Local contests are also on the ballot in many cities and counties in Northern Virginia. Below, find information on how to register and how to vote early.

The 2022 Midterm Elections

Georgia runoff election: Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D) won re-election in the Georgia Senate runoff, defeating Republican challenger Herschel Walker and giving Democrats a 51st seat in the Senate for the 118th Congress. Get live updates here and runoff results by county.

Divided government: Republicans narrowly won back control of the House, while Democrats will keep control of the Senate, creating a split Congress.

What the results mean for 2024: A Republican Party red wave seems to be a ripple after Republicans fell short in the Senate and narrowly won control in the House. Donald Trump announced his 2024 presidential campaign shortly after the midterms. Here are the top 10 2024 presidential candidates for the Republicans and Democrats.

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