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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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Former Virginia House speaker Kirk Cox says he’ll seek GOP nomination for governor

The veteran lawmaker touted his recent win in a blue district and his pragmatic approach to politics.

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Is election night broken? TV news stuck to old routines amid voting upheaval — and confusion followed.

The ‘mirage’ of a Trump wave pervaded prime time, with little context of Democratic votes yet to be counted, and set the stage for the president’s baseless claims of fraud.

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McAuliffe rules out seeking Biden Cabinet post, raising gubernatorial expectations

(Steve Helber / AP)

The former governor had been mentioned as a potential commerce secretary.

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Va. police can keep license plate data indefinitely, state Supreme Court rules

Devices that photograph license plates record the time and location of each photo, which privacy advocates say can be used to track the movements of people not suspected of a crime.

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Former speaker Cox takes another step toward a 2021 bid for Virginia governor

(Steve Helber / AP)

The Colonial Heights Republican filed paperwork to establish a campaign committee.

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No TV ads, no presidential visits: Virginia’s era as a swing state appears to be over

A state that was a critical battleground for the past three cycles has gotten less love in 2020.

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Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax says he is formally entering 2021 race for Virginia governor

The Democrat, who will join a crowded field of contenders, has denied allegations of sexual assault brought by two women during the governor’s racist-photo scandal last year.

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Mark Herring to run again for Virginia attorney general, skipping governor’s race

Herring is bowing out of what is expected to be an especially crowded Democratic primary for the state’s top job.

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Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe files paperwork to form campaign committee, but has not yet decided to seek a comeback, aide says

(Gregory S. Schneider / TWP)

‘Paperwork change’ would make it easier to run, but McAuliffe expected to wait until November to make up his mind.

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The GAO’s big rebuke of Trump’s use of ‘acting’ DHS heads

A GAO report says Chad Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli are improperly serving in their roles. That could affect legal cases involving the Department of Homeland Security's controversial actions.