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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.


For a convicted double murderer long on famous supporters, basic detective work could be key

(Norm Shafer / For The Washington Post)

In Virginia, a sheriff and a retired deputy are following old leads in killings that Jens Soering insists he did not commit.


Democrats cheer, Republicans jeer McAuliffe’s plan to boost Virginia candidates

(Yuri Gripas / Reuters)

The former governor announced Wednesday that he will forgo a White House run to campaign for Democrats in his home state.


Ex-Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe will not run for White House in 2020

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Former Virginia governor says he will focus on helping Democrats recover from scandals in his home state.


‘If I can wrestle an alligator, I can certainly wrestle Donald Trump!’

Former Va. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), weighing a 2020 bid, says he can take on Trump.


Judge orders Fairfax police to stop collecting data from license plate readers

Virginia has no laws specific to license plate readers, but a county judge and the state supreme court say keeping the data violates state privacy law.


Can business-friendly Terry McAuliffe sell himself to leftward leaning Democrats in 2020?

(Melina Mara / The Washington Post)

The former Virginia governor said that without thriving businesses, “all the great ideas and plans for the future mean nothing.”


Va. Gov. Northam weighs resignation as Lt. Gov. Fairfax faces sex assault allegation

(Oliver Contreras / For The Washington Post)

Justin Fairfax, who would succeed Ralph Northam, says sexual assault allegation is not true


Northam meets with senior staff and considers options, including resignation

“He’s lost the authority to lead,” one congressman from Virginia said.


‘He should step down ’: Racist photo sparks near-universal calls for Northam to resign

The NAACP, Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Doug Wilder were among those saying Northam should leave office.


(Steve Helber / AP)

A Republican has proposed a bill that would require the state library to make gubernatorial records public a year after the person leaves office.