Virginia voters came out in big numbers on Nov. 7 not to vote for Ralph Northam, a Democrat and the lieutenant governor, but to vote against Donald Trump.
Even in these Days of Trump, Halloween 2017 was normal, the old and buzzing and traditional normal, in which “trick or treat” still means a little girl with a lit pumpkin or bags for candy saying thank you, and nobody really tricks anybody.
The national Democratic Party wants to continue its winning streak in the Commonwealth. The big problem for Virginia Democrats is the composition of the electorate in these off-off-year elections.
In the wake of the Las Vegas mass shooting, gun control has emerged as an issue in the Virginia governor’s race. Meanwhile, in Alabama, Democrat Doug Jones has an uphill fight for the Senate.
Former Mayor Vince Gray — who lost to Bowser in 2014 and is now the Council member from Ward 7 — very much wants to run again for mayor, our columnist believes.