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Garrison Coward is one of two African American Republican candidates running in next month's legislative elections in Virginia. Coward previously served as an aide to GOP U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman and led the Republican Party of Virginia's outreach to minority voters. Crixell Matthews/VPM News hide caption

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In Virginia, 2 Young Candidates Vie To Be First Black GOP Lawmakers In 15 Years

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Canvassing for votes in Virginia Beach, Democrat Missy Cotter Smasal meets voter Mildred Manger. "It's just stupid that everybody has to have a gun," Manger says. "I mean, give me a break!" Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Gun Control Is Front And Center In Virginia Races

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Dr. Joel Smithers was sentenced to 40 years in prison on Wednesday for illegal opioid prescriptions. Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority via AP hide caption

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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is suing CBS, alleging the network didn't fully vet his accusers' claims and omitted information that would exonerate him. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Pastor Earnie Lucas of Friendship Baptist Church in Appomattox, Va., posted this message on his church sign around the same time that President Trump tweeted that four Democratic members of Congress — all women of color — should "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came." Sarah McCammon/NPR hide caption

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Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax addresses sexual misconduct allegations made by two women against him and presented the results of a polygraph test, during a news conference in his office at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. Steve Helber/AP hide caption

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Daniel and Helen Pemberton support the huge solar farm planned in Spotsylvania County. They already have 40 solar panels in their own yard. Jacob Fenston/WAMU hide caption

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A Battle Is Raging Over The Largest Solar Farm East Of The Rockies

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At Colonial Williamsburg's garden and nursery, which is open to guests, staff grow items that would have been found in gentry pleasure gardens: herbs, flowers and seasonal greens. Colonial Williamsburg Foundation hide caption

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Alexsis Rodgers, president of Virginia Young Democrats, is one of the disappointed constituents who worked hard to elect some of the officials at the center of the Virginia controversies. Now, Rodgers says, the state Democratic Party must develop diverse leaders before there's another crisis. Joe Russell/Courtesy of Alexsis Rodgers hide caption

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam places hand over his heart at a funeral for a state trooper Saturday in Chilhowie, Va., during one of his first public appearances since the blackface scandal broke. Steve Helber/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Virginia State Leaders Hold On Tight To Office After More Than A Week Of Turmoil

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Chef Ari Coleman calls the news that two top Virginia politicians have dressed in blackface "not acceptable" and "ridiculous." Mallory Noe-Payne/WVTF hide caption

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'Racism ... Just Gets A New Face': Virginians React To Leadership Controversies

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A statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee stands at the center of Lee Circle along Monument Avenue in Richmond, Va. The commonwealth of Virginia has a complicated racial history that underpins many of today's political controversies. Salwan Georges/Getty Images hide caption

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