Terry McAuliffe

In Virginia Race, A Frigid Nail-biter

By on 1.8.14 | 4:58PM

It sounds like the plot of a cheap political thriller novel you buy at the airport.

Sen. Ralph Northam, a Democrat who represents Virginia’s 6th Senate District, was elected lieutenant governor in November. A special election was held on Tuesday to determine Northam’s replacement. The Virginia 6th, located in the Hampton Roads region of the state, usually leans Democrat. But this year, because of the Obamacare implosion and other factors, Republicans have a fighting chance. And because the Virginia senate is split 20-20, a GOP victory will hand power to the Republicans and put the brakes on Governor Terry McAuliffe’s agenda.