Speed Reads

2017 Elections

Here's how Virginia newspapers covered the Democrats' stunning sweep

Democrats dominated Tuesday's elections in Virginia, winning the governorship, lieutenant governorship, attorney general seat, and possibly the state legislature.

That's quite a sea change for the Old Dominion, where Republicans have controlled the House since 2000 and held a 16-seat majority going into Tuesday's races. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam defeated Republican candidate Ed Gillespie — a former head of the Republican National Committee — for the keys to the governor's mansion, while Northam will be succeeded as lieutenant governor by Democrat Justin Fairfax. Mark Herring, also a Democrat, retained his hold on the attorney generalship.

All three races were hotly contested — even the White House threw its weight behind Gillespie — and local newspapers took note of the Democrats' shocking night:

Read more about how Tuesday's results spelled deliverance for the Democrats via David Faris here at The Week.