VA Native Dagen McDowell Breaks Down 'Political Implications' of Controversies Swirling Around Richmond
Virginia native Dagen McDowell said Thursday on "The Five" that the turmoil involving the state's top three elected officials could have major "political implications" in the near future.
McDowell, who is from Brookneal, outside Lynchburg, said that the Old Dominion holds its general assembly and state senatorial elections in odd-numbered years.
"The Democrats were hoping to take over the legislature," she said.
Both the state senate and state assembly are Republican-controlled, with State House Speaker Kirkland Cox (R-Colonial Heights) winning office in 2017 by having his name drawn out of a bowl in a tied race.
McDowell said that, with the allegations of sexual misconduct against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) and racially-tinged controversy surrounding Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring (D), those hopes may be in danger.
She said that in recent years, the once reliably-red state has been trending very blue.
President Obama became the first Democrat since Lyndon Johnson to win the state's electoral votes, she noted.
"Democrats have been running the board in terms of the state... except in Southside -- south of the James River," McDowell said.
Much of the state's population is concentrated in heavily Democratic areas east of Front Royal and north of Fredericksburg, while the rest of Virginia -- with exceptions -- is largely Republican from there to the North Carolina and Kentucky lines.
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