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Democrats Expected to Hold Northern Virginia

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On Election Day, Democrats are expected to maintain their dominance in Northern Virginia. But that doesn't mean they won't face opposition. One of those Republicans is Vicki Vasques, who is running against a two-term incumbent in the House of Delegates. Her opponent, David Englin, won with more than 60 percent of the vote in the last two elections, and he's raised more than six times as much money as Vasques during this campaign.

Larry Sabato, director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia, says Republicans in Arlington and Alexandria are facing odds that are all-but-impossible. To win a statewide election, Sabato says, Democrats need at least 70 percent of the vote in Arlington and Alexandria.

Michael Pope reports...

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