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Monday, Nov 6, 2017 at 4:32 PM

Jaffe: Money, Power and Dead Bodies in DC's Worst Hospital

Jaffe: Money, Power and Dead Bodies in DC's Worst Hospital

How did Veritas land a sweet contract to manage United Medical Center? Answer: great connections and campaign contributions, rather than stellar credentials. Read »

Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 at 6:29 AM

Boyfriend of Journalist Killed on Live TV Wins House Seat

Boyfriend of Journalist Killed on Live TV Wins House Seat

A former Virginia news anchor whose girlfriend was fatally shot during a live broadcast in 2015 has defeated a Republican incumbent for a seat in the House of Delegates. Read »

Tuesday, Nov 7, 2017 at 5:23 AM

What Virginians Need to Know for Election Day

What Virginians Need to Know for Election Day

Virginia voters are making their choices for governor, attorney general, lieutenant governor and delegates to the state House on Tuesday. Read »

Monday, Nov 6, 2017 at 6:05 AM

Both Candidates Claim Momentum in Virginia Governor's Race

Both Candidates Claim Momentum in Virginia Governor's Race

Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam both claim momentum is on their side with one day to go before Election Day in Virginia's high-stakes, closely watched race for governor. Read »

Monday, Nov 6, 2017 at 5:56 AM

Brazile Strains Dem Unity Ahead of Key Gov Race in Virginia

Brazile Strains Dem Unity Ahead of Key Gov Race in Virginia

Democrats are having trouble surmounting differences over the bitter 2016 election amid revelations of a contemplated effort to replace Hillary Clinton as the presidential nominee, deepening party strife... Read »

Monday, Nov 6, 2017 at 6:27 AM

Election Day FAQ: ID, Selfies, Bringing Kids & More

Election Day FAQ: ID, Selfies, Bringing Kids & More

This campaign season has been rough -- don't let your election day end up that way, too! Check out our guide to voting etiquette and rules to make sure your Tuesday is a breeze. Read »

Sunday, Nov 5, 2017 at 2:27 PM

Record Number of Va. Voters Cast Ballots Early

Record Number of Va. Voters Cast Ballots Early

Voters are likely turning out in record numbers for this off-year race because it is widely seen as an early referendum on President Donald Trump’s performance. Read »

Saturday, Nov 4, 2017 at 11:48 PM
Candidates for Governor Rally in Northern Virginia

Candidates for Governor Rally in Northern Virginia

Get-out-the-vote rallies drew some big names ahead of Tuesday's election, and northern Virginia was the prime target Saturday for both candidates for governor. Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports... Watch »

Friday, Nov 3, 2017 at 5:40 AM

Virginia Gov's Race: Campaign Charged With Racial Overtones

Virginia Gov's Race: Campaign Charged With Racial Overtones

The contest between Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam has become one of Virginia's most racially charged campaigns in memory, observers say. Shaped by Trump's moves to crack down on immigration... Read »

Friday, Nov 3, 2017 at 5:37 AM

Deadline to Pick Up Absentee Ballot Saturday

Deadline to Pick Up Absentee Ballot Saturday

Virginians have one more day to pick up an absentee ballot before Election Day. Read »

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Julie Carey
Julie Carey News4 Virginia Reporter Julie Carey is a News4 reporter focusing on Virginia issues and politics.
Chris Gordon
Chris Gordon News4 Maryland Reporter Chris Gordon is a legal analyst and reporter for NBC4, focusing on Maryland.
Mark Murray
Mark Murray NBC News Deputy Political Director Mark Murray is the NBC News Deputy Political Director, NBC News First Read analyst and NBCPolitics.com contributor.
Tom Sherwood News4 Political Reporter Tom Sherwood is a reporter for News4 specializing in politics and the D.C. government.
Chuck Todd
Chuck Todd NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd is the Moderator of Meet the Press and NBC News' Political Director.
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