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Democrats win the top prizes in Virginia, taking the presidential and U.S. Senate races there. A prominent incumbent D.C. Council member's luck runs out with a loss to an independent challenger. And gambling advocates hit the jackpot in Prince George's County. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.
Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) called for reforms to the federal election process, including more voting machines, same-day registration and voting from satellite locations. "Let's make sure that Election Day itself is the culmination of the process, not the essence of the process," he said. Connolly added that he had concerns about a broader voter suppression effort brought on by long lines in majority-minority districts.
Connolly talked about how the Democratic Party can keep its political momentum in Virginia, particularly with the commonwealth's rapidly changing racial demographic. He said future campaigns will need to motivate infrequent voters to come to the polls during non-presidential years. Connolly added that he was offended by a statement from his Republican challenger Chris Perkins in which Perkins said the GOP would "get our country back." "Nobody has a claim to the United States as their country exclusively and I think that was one of the messages of the election night overall, which was a message of inclusivity," Connolly said.
The Virginia legislative session wrapped up last weekend, but already lawmakers are looking back on what might have been in terms of gun control legislation.