See below for video of tonight’s debate between Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA02) and the person she defeated in 2018, former Rep. Scott Taylor (R). Note that the 2nd CD is made up of Virginia Beach (63% of the district), York County (9.5%), Norfolk (9.1%), Accomack County (4.9%), Hampton (4.6%), James City County (2.6%) and Williamsburg (2.1%). In 2014, Ed Gillespie defeated Sen. Mark Warner in VA02 by 5 points (51%-46%); in 2016, Trump won the district by 4 points (49%-45%); but in 2018, Tim Kaine won it by 10 points (54%-44%). The district is represented in Congress by Rep. Luria, who won the seat in November 2018 by defeating then-Rep. Taylor (R) by a narrow, 51.1%-48.8% margin.
So, it’s a fair assumption that this could be a close race again, although Luria’s been doing an excellent job and Taylor is weighed down by the “Petitiongate” scandal, which recently led to a third Taylor staffer in court on election fraud charges. Also, as the Democratic Party of Virginia points out: “Special Prosecutor John Beamer has stated repeatedly that the entire campaign is under investigation, including Taylor. ‘[Taylor]’s part of the campaign and the whole campaign is under investigation,‘ Beamer said after the third Taylor staffer was indicted last month.”
With that, check out the video of Taylor lying and interrupting…er, debating Rep. Elaine Luria.