Voters in Virginia are voting in races that could help determine the political control of Congress. Today is Election Day as voters choose between candidates in a U.S. Senate race and several U.S. House seats. Four competitive races for GOP-held House seats could help determine whether Democrats are able to flip control of the House.
Two newcomers are vying for the 5th District Congressional seat. Democrat Leslie Cockburn and Republican Denver Riggleman are locked in a tight race that has gone down to the wire. The sprawling district includes 21 counties and stretches from west of Dulles International Airport to the North Carolina border. Cockburn, of Rappahannock County, has received endorsements from Democratic Sen. Mark Warner and former Republican Sen. John Warner — while Republican Denver Riggleman of Nelson County has been paid visits by Vice President Mike Pence and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
In the U.S. Senate race, Democratic incumbent Tim Kaine is ahead by as much as twenty points, according to the Washington Post. Kaine has raised over $22,000,000 and has spent over $4.5 million on ads, according to numbers from the Virginia Public Access Project. Meanwhile, Corey Stewart has raised almost $3,000,000 and spent about $297,000 on ads. Stewart has relied more on social media to get his message across.
In Virginia’s 9th Congressional District voters will decide between incumbent Republican Morgan Griffith and Democrat Anthony Flaccavento.
In the City of Martinsville, residents will choose 2 candidates among 3 for City Council. Incumbent Jennifer Bowles, former Mayor Danny Turner, and Chairman of the Planning Commission Joe Martin are on the ballot.
Polls opened at 6 AM this morning and close at 7 PM.