RICHMOND, VA. (AP) - Virginia's gubernatorial election stands as a test for the anti-Donald Trump resistance.
The question is whether it can energize voters and donors for the less glamorous races featuring traditional Democratic politicians.
The Nov. 7 contest pits Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a physician, Army veteran and former state senator, against Ed Gillespie, onetime aide to President George W. Bush and former head of the Republican Party. The current governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe, is term-limited.
The stakes in Virginia are immense: Though Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton won the state by five percentage points in 2016, Republicans typically are more likely to turn out in off-year statewide elections. Northam has led in most polls, but the race is close.
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