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Virginia Democrats go to the polls Tuesday to pick — oops! That's how we used to write these primary set-ups. Now, with early voting, it's more accurate to say that Virginia Democrats have been voting since April 23 — and we'll find out Tuesday night who they've picked to run for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

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The midterm elections are still 18 months away, but the fight for control of the Senate is already shaping what gets done in the nation's capital this year.

The General Assembly won't meet its own July 1 deadline for filling seats on the expanded Virginia Court of Appeals, with a special legislative session likely in late July or early August to elect appellate judges and decide how to spend billions of dollars in emergency aid from the federal government.

Winsome Sears, an "unapologetic" conservative who was the first Black Republican woman elected to the Virginia General Assembly, captured the party's nomination for lieutenant governor Tuesday night, outlasting former Del. Tim Hugo of Fairfax County in a fifth round of ballot counting from Saturday's state GOP convention.

Glenn Youngkin, the multimillionaire businessman who sought to cast himself as a political outsider with the best chance to challenge Democratic power, will represent Republicans in the race to become Virginia’s next governor.

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