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Stacey Abrams announces she's running for governor in Georgia

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams announced on Wednesday that she is running for governor, setting up a possible rematch with Georgia GOP Gov. Brian Kemp in what could become one of the most closely watched races in the country. → Read More

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announces he will not seek third term in 2022

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker will not seek a third term in office, according to a statement from his office, forcing the Republican Party to defend an open gubernatorial seat next year in a deep blue state. → Read More

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Pro-Biden group to spend $10 million on high-profile campaign touting President's economic agenda

Now that President Joe Biden has signed his highly sought-after infrastructure bill into law, it is time for Democrats to go out and sell the accomplishment. → Read More

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New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu declines Senate bid in significant blow for Republicans

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu on Tuesday said he would not run against Democratic Sen. Maggie Hassan in 2022, dealing a significant blow to Republicans who hoped the seat would be a top target in the critical midterm elections. → Read More

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Glenn Youngkin's underage son was turned away from a voting precinct on Election Day, top county election official says

Glenn Youngkin's 17-year-old son was turned away from a voting precinct on Election Day, the top election official for Fairfax County, Virginia told CNN on Friday. → Read More

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Democrats look for lessons in Virginia and New Jersey as a blame game inside the party rages

If there was a silver lining for Democrats' disastrous Tuesday night, it was learning a year ahead of time just how imperiled their hold on power really is. → Read More

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8 takeaways from the 2021 elections

Republican Glenn Youngkin's projected win in the Virginia governor's race Tuesday erased any doubt: Democrats' slim congressional majorities are in grave danger in next year's midterm elections. → Read More

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What to watch in Tuesday's elections

Tuesday's elections in states and cities across the country are set to serve as an early gauge of Joe Biden's presidency and the political environment headed into next year's midterm elections. → Read More

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Here are the major 2021 races to watch

Voters across the country head to the polls on November 2, 2021 to decide a series of races that will test the national political landscape and the direction of the Democratic Party a year into Joe Biden's presidency. → Read More

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McAuliffe and Youngkin close tight governor's race with the same strategies that got them here

Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are closing their gubernatorial bids in Virginia's closely watched off-year elections with strikingly similar tactics to the campaigns that brought them to this point. → Read More

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McAuliffe says Virginia election 'is not about Trump' after making former President central figure in campaign

Terry McAuliffe claimed on Saturday that the Virginia gubernatorial election is "not about Trump" -- even though the Democratic gubernatorial candidate has invoked the former Republican President perhaps more than any other political figure. → Read More

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Republican voters cut Youngkin some slack as he walks tightrope on Trump

Donald Trump may not physically be in Virginia for the commonwealth's critical off-year elections. But to Glenn Youngkin's most ardent supporters, the way their candidate has kept Trump at a distance will all be worth it if he wins on Tuesday. → Read More

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As early voting nears its end, McAuliffe and Youngkin campaign in decidedly different ways

In the increasingly nationalized race to be Virginia's next governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin are closing their campaigns in decidedly different ways. → Read More

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Biden makes his closing pitch in Virginia by unloading on Youngkin and comparing him to Trump

President Joe Biden on Tuesday excoriated Virginia Republican Glenn Youngkin during his final event with Democrat Terry McAuliffe ahead of next week's election, repeatedly comparing the gubernatorial candidate to former President Donald Trump. → Read More

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Toni Morrison's 'Beloved' becomes latest flashpoint in Virginia gubernatorial race

The latest back-and-forth in the race to be Virginia's next governor is centered on the value of teaching a Toni Morrison novel in commonwealth schools, highlighting Republican Glenn Youngkin's attempt to make the culture wars around education the major issue of the race as Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe accuses him of using a "racist dog whistle." → Read More

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Tight race for Virginia governor enters final week with national implications on the line

The neck-and-neck race for Virginia governor has entered its final week, with Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Glenn Youngkin nationalizing their campaigns in markedly different ways. → Read More

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McAuliffe, Abrams warn Virginians that commonwealth could look like Texas, Georgia with Youngkin win

Stacey Abrams had a message for Democrats in Virginia on Sunday: If Republicans win on November 2, the commonwealth will begin looking a lot more like Georgia or Texas, two states that have seen years of Republican control. → Read More

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Obama implores Virginia Democrats to wake up ahead of governor's race

Former President Barack Obama urged voters to shake off their exhaustion with politics during his first in-person foray onto the campaign trail in 2021, telling voters in Virginia that "we can't afford to be tired." → Read More

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Why Virginia is the biggest test yet for whether Trump still motivates Democrats

Terry McAuliffe may be running against Glenn Youngkin, but his ultimate rhetorical opponent in the closing days of Virginia's off-year gubernatorial race is a Republican who lost a year ago. → Read More

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Obama in new McAuliffe ad: 'Virginia, you have a lot of responsibility this year'

Former President Barack Obama speaks direct to camera in a new ad for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe, warning voters that their decision will make "a statement about what direction we're headed in as a country." → Read More