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The race for Virginia governor

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


In a year of outsider politics, Gillespie faces GOP skeptics

(Kate Patterson / For The Washington Post)

The Republican insider will have to win over the grass roots — again — as he runs for Virginia governor.


Ken Cuccinelli leaves the door open for another run for Virginia governor

(Ricky Carioti / Washington Post)

The former attorney general said he has not ruled out making another bid in 2017.


Republican Ed Gillespie confirms he is running for Virginia governor

(Kate Patterson / For The Washington Post)

The former White House aide and strategist said he will start “laying a foundation” for the bid next month.


McAuliffe beats drum on gun control and Medicaid after Oregon shooting

(Mark Wilson / Getty Images)

A Republican delegate pushed back against the Democratic governor’s call for stricter firearms regulations.


Pope urges McAuliffe to spare Prieto one day before scheduled execution

(Todd Heisler / AP)

The pope’s Washington-based representatives ask Virginia’s governor to have mercy on the killer.


Sales of Virginia wine hit new record

(Vist Loudoun / AP)

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has sought to position Virginia as a leading maker of wine and craft beverages.

McAuliffe declines to issue stay for convicted Fairfax killer Alfredo Prieto

The governor will allow Thursday’s scheduled execution of the convicted triple murderer to proceed.


Virginia and Cuba discuss expanding trade beyond agriculture

(Timothy C. Wright / For the Washington Post)

As relations warm, Virginia hopes for hospitality, education, health-care and technology deals with the island.


Va. Democrats hope investment in data and field operations pays off

(Steve Helber / AP)

The effort is focused not just on this fall’s state legislative races but also on the 2016 presidential election.


Virginia Beach Senate race puts McAuliffe’s influence to the test

(Courtesy of Gary McCollum / Courtesy of Gary T. McCollum)

Democrats have a chance to regain the majority, but campaign blunders may leave the district out of reach.