With election stakes high, even local Virginia contests draw national volunteers and attention

Despite a string of Democratic victories statewide in recent elections, Republicans hold a 2-1 advantage in Virginia’s lower house — one vote shy of a supermajority able to override vetoes. In part because the state’s legislative lines strongly benefit Republicans, GOP legislative candidates have often run unopposed in recent elections. This year, by contrast, only 12 Republicans are running unopposed; in 2015, the figure was more than 40.

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