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December 14, 2015

Before He Runs for Governor in 2017, Wittman Faces Uncertain District in 2016

UNITED STATES - MARCH 29: Rep. Robert Wittman, R-Va., speaks during the news conference on American Energy Initiative legislation to expand U.S. energy production on Tuesday morning, March 29, 2011. (Photo By Bill Clark/Roll Call)

Wittman is running for governor in 2017. (Bill Clark/Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia’s 1st District Rep. Rob Wittman announced over the weekend that he’s running for the GOP nomination for governor in 2017.

“Obviously our focus is on winning in 2016, but I am preparing for 2017,” Wittman told The Washington Post on Dec. 12.

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November 2, 2015

What to Watch for on Election Day

Bevin, who ran an unsuccessful GOP Senate primary in Kentucky in 2014, is trailing in a gubernatorial contest on Tuesday in the Bluegrass State. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Bevin, left, who ran an unsuccessful GOP Senate primary in Kentucky in 2014, is trailing in the Bluegrass State gubernatorial contest. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Voters in a handful of states across the country head to the polls Tuesday for a slate of elections that political handicappers use as an off-year election bellwether of what might happen in 2016.

And while no federal offices are on the table, results from these states will have implications for House and Senate contests in 2016.

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October 2, 2015

Former RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie Announces Virginia Governor Run

Gillespie is a longtime political operative. Above, he speaks to the crowd during Mitt Romney's campaign election night event event in Boston. (Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

Gillespie is a longtime political operative. Above, he speaks to the crowd during Mitt Romney’s campaign election night event event in Boston. (Matthew Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

Former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie confirmed to The Washington Post Friday that he intends to run for governor in Virginia.

There was wide speculation earlier this week that Gillespie, who narrowly lost a challenge to Sen. Mark Warner last fall, would mount a bid after his friend, state Sen. Mark Obenshain, passed on the race Monday.

“My focus right now is helping keep our Republican majority in the General Assembly, and next year it will be ensuring that our Republican presidential nominee wins Virginia, but with my friend Mark Obenshain making clear he won’t be running in 2017, I’ll start laying a foundation to run myself after our elections here are over next month,” Gillespie said in a email to the Post.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam is also running for the open governor’s office. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe will be term-limited out of the office in 2017.

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September 28, 2015

Virginia Republicans Expect Ed Gillespie to Run for Governor

Virginia Republicans expect Gillespie to launch another bid for statewide office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Virginia Republicans expect Gillespie to launch another bid for statewide office. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Virginia Republicans are chattering that former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie, who narrowly lost a 2014 Senate bid to Democratic Sen. Mark Warner, is ready to run for political office again.

Gillespie has been widely considered a potential gubernatorial candidate since his November loss. But reports of Gillespie’s intentions to launch a bid surfaced after GOP state Sen. Mark Obenshain, a friend of Gillespie’s, announced Monday that he would not seek the executive mansion.

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August 18, 2015

Uncertainty Reigns as Court Takes Over Virginia Redistricting

Federal judges will now decide how to unpack blacks from Scott's 3rd District (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

Federal judges will now decide how to unpack blacks from Scott’s 3rd District (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo).

The same federal three-judge panel that has twice ruled that Virginia’s congressional map unconstitutionally packs blacks into the 3rd District will now be responsible for remedying the injustice it found.

How will the court arrive at a new map for the 2016 elections?

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July 23, 2015

Ahead of Redraw, Virginia Republicans Jockey for Safe Seats

Brat is one of three Republicans whose district is most likely to change. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Brat is one of three Republicans whose district is most likely to change. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia Democrats say their congressional map can’t get any worse.

In a state President Barack Obama carried twice, their party holds just three seats in the 11-member delegation. With a new round of redistricting coming up next month, the question now is which districts get rougher for Republicans. Full story

June 9, 2015

5 Congressional Maps That Redistricting Could Change for 2016

The Supreme Court will decide a redistricting case this month with implications for House members in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The Supreme Court is expected to decide a redistricting case this month with implications for House members in 2016. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Legal battles over redistricting in nearly a half-dozen states could leave operatives from both parties scrambling to understand a new political landscape in the months leading up to next year’s primary and general-election contests.

The biggest domino in that fight will fall by the end of June, when the Supreme Court is expected to announce whether it is constitutional for an independent redistricting commission to draw Arizona’s congressional map. If the court deems the map unconstitutional, it would upend Arizona’s district lines, and affect other states that also utilize independent redistricting commissions.

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April 30, 2015

Northern Virginia Republican Bucks Party on Metro Cuts

Comstock's is the only Republican district served by the Metro. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Comstock’s is the only GOP district served by the Metro. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call).

Virginia Rep. Barbara Comstock was the only Republican among the nine Washington, D.C.-area members who issued a joint statement Wednesday expressing their disappointment with a proposal for deep funding cuts to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority.

Comstock’s position on the issue now puts her at odds with her party’s leadership, but it’s unlikely to hurt the freshman congresswoman in November 2016 in a swing district where the Metro system plays a central transportation role. Full story

April 9, 2015

Democrats Considering Female Comstock Challengers

Comstock is a top target in 2016. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Which Democrat will challenge Comstock? (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Virginia Democrats are narrowing in on a handful of female candidates to take on freshman Rep. Barbara Comstock.

Comstock, already a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee target for 2016, won the open seat to replace GOP Rep. Frank R. Wolf, her former boss, by 16 points in 2014. But given the swing nature of her northern Virginia district and the higher turnout expected in a presidential year, Democrats say if they’re going to take the seat, this is the time.

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November 7, 2014

Ed Gillespie Concedes Virginia Senate Race to Mark Warner

Gillespie conceded the Virginia Senate race Friday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Update 2:03 p.m. | Republican Ed Gillespie conceded the Virginia Senate race Friday, declining to contest Democratic Sen. Mark Warner’s tight lead.

By Friday, Warner led by just 17,000 votes with 99 percent of precincts reporting. But with canvassing ongoing since Wednesday, media outlets had yet to call the race.

“If I believed there were any conceivable way we could find a viable path to win through a recount, I would fight,” Gillespie told supporters. Full story

October 27, 2014

Ed Gillespie Throws ‘Redskins’ Hail Mary

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Gillespie is the Republican nominee for Senate in Virginia. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Photo)

Virginia Senate candidate Ed Gillespie said in an ad airing during “Monday Night Football” that he would oppose legislation forcing the Washington Redskins to change the team name.

“I’ll oppose the anti-Redskins bill. Let’s focus on creating jobs, raising take-home pay and making our nation safer. And let the Redskins handle what to call their team,” said Gillespie, the former chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Gillespie faces long odds to oust Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., next week, and recent polling shows the Republican trailing by double digits. The race is rated Democrat Favored by the Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Gillespie recently cut his ad buys in the Washington, D.C., area — an indication of a campaign struggling for cash. Also, it wasn’t immediately clear if the spot would run elsewhere.

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October 24, 2014

Most Vulnerable Senators, Ranked by Their Wealth

McConnell is the richest on our most vulnerable list. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

The most vulnerable senators who face the voters in less than two weeks run the gamut from multimillionaires to one of the poorest on Capitol Hill, based on Roll Call’s Wealth of Congress ranking of the minimum net worth of every single lawmaker.

Two senators in tough spots on Nov. 4 are members of the 50 Richest list. One of the vulnerable senators has a negative minimum net worth.

Ironically, given the market for ex-senators on K Street and elsewhere, most could see a substantial improvement in their personal finances should they lose. (See Cantor, Eric).

Here’s a breakdown from our most recent 10 Most Vulnerable Senators list, appearing in order of their minimum net worth:

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June 10, 2014

Democrats Mull Competing for Cantor Seat — if He Runs as a Write-In

National Democrats are considering competing for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s House seat in the unlikely case the Virginia Republican runs as a write-in candidate in November.

On Tuesday evening, Cantor lost his primary to college professor David Brat in one of the most shocking defeats in modern political history.

The nascent Democratic efforts include outreach out to the Democratic nominee, college professor Jack Trammell, according to knowledgeable Democratic sources.

Virginia’s 7th District is solid Republican territory. Cantor won his 2012 general election by 17 points, while Mitt Romney carried the seat by 15 points. But Democrats see a path to victory there if Cantor wages a write-in campaign and splits the Republican vote.

At the same time, local Republicans telegraphed that a Cantor write-in candidacy is unlikely.

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May 30, 2014

Mark Warner Pitches Bipartisanship at Senate Campaign Rally

Mark Warner Pitches Bipartisanship at Senate Campaign Rally

Warner is a Democrat from Virginia. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

ARLINGTON, Va. — Democratic Sen. Mark Warner emphasized his bipartisan credentials Thursday to the local voters he hopes will re-elect him in November.

“This is gonna be won with Democrats, independents, Republicans and everyone else,” Warner told the crowd at The Spectrum Theatre, part of a six-day, 14-stop tour of the commonwealth that coincides with the release of his first television ad.

The rally’s venue had the feel of a lecture hall, with pull-out desks on each seat. Signs were neatly stacked in a grid along a side wall as Warner spoke on a stage against a backdrop of two large signs and a flag.

Warner is favored to win over likely GOP nominee Ed Gillespie, a former RNC chairman and George W. Bush adviser. But his race could be more competitive than anticipated, in part thanks to his well-connected foe.

Virginia is a competitive state that’s elected both Republicans and Democrats to statewide office over the past decade. Though Democrats currently control both Senate seats and the governor’s mansion, statewide elections are fiercely contested.

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December 17, 2013

Frank Wolf Will Not Seek Re-Election (Updated)

(Chris Maddaloni/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Updated 2 p.m. | Republican Rep. Frank R. Wolf will not seek an 18th term in Congress, according to a statement from his office.

“I have decided not to seek re-election to the U.S. Congress in 2014,” Wolf, the dean of Virginia’s congressional delegation, said on Tuesday. “It has been an honor to serve the people of northern Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.”

“I thank my constituents for giving me the privilege of representing them in Congress for 34 years,” he added. Full story

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