The incumbent delegate, Republican Speaker of the House Kirk Cox, was not supposed to survive the 2019 election based on past partisan performance in those precincts.
The effort to gerrymander George Allen out of Congress led to his term as Governor two years later.
Only a Republican who can get beyond the hard core base – as Cox did in 2019 — has a prayer.
I met Kirk in 1985, when I was covering the Wyatt Durrette for Governor campaign and Kirk was Wyatt’s driver.
The opacity, insularity and arrogance of this new House majority has been their mistake and the Republicans’ opportunity.