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Blessings continuing to happen! Just received an offer from Virginia Tech 🦃🦃 #HardSmartTough❗️@WAYNNO14 pic.twitter.com/CMC4r3qr0o
Virginia Tech has extended another scholarship offer to 4* All-Purpose Running Back Jashaun Corbin out of Rockledge, Florida on Thursday afternoon. The 2018 running back has hauled in 35 offers throughout the recruiting process. He was the second offer to go out in Florida on Thursday.
The 6-foot, 184-pound Corbin is a versatile, reliable weapon who also provides a significant spark in the passing game. He is an elusive runner who shows nice acceleration once getting his pads north and south, but also lowers his shoulder and fights through contact. Corbin can bounce it outside the tackles, or trust his vision by pounding it inside, but his do-it-all ability on the offensive side of the ball is what soaks up the attention of some of the nation’s premier football programs. Just get the ball in Corbin’s hands and let him go to work.
Corbin ranks as the No. 248 prospect in the nation, No. 6 All-Purpose Back, No. 46 prospect in the state of Florida according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. The 247Sports Crystal Ball currently reads 100% to the Seminoles. He recently decommitted from Florida State on December 3rd.
Virginia and Virginia Tech couldn’t have asked for any more from the ACC and its bowl partners Sunday. The Cavaliers and Hokies landed in ideal destinations against compelling opponents.
Reasonable fans couldn’t have asked any more from the College Football Playoff selection committee. The 13-member panel chose the playoff semifinalists deliberately and well, especially rewarding Alabama instead of Ohio State with the fourth and final spot.
Postseason-eligible for the first time since 2011, Virginia (6-6) is headed to the Dec. 28 Military Bowl in Annapolis, Md., versus homestanding Navy. The venue is an easy drive for legions of Cavaliers faithful — Virginia Tech partisans flocked there for the Hokies’ 2014 Military Bowl victory over Cincinnati — and offers a challenging foe.
This is the 14th bowl in the last 15 years for Navy (6-5 entering Saturday’s annual and unrivaled clash with Army). U.Va. administrators took a long look at Midshipmen coach Ken Niumatalolo before hiring Brigham Young’s Bronco Mendenhall two years ago, and with good reason — Niumatalolo’s Navy teams are 83-47.
The Midshipmen run an option offense, which Niumatalolo continued after taking over for Paul Johnson when Johnson went to Georgia Tech. Navy ranks second to Army among Bowl Subdivision teams in rushing at 347.5 yards per game.
Then there is the tie that binds. Hoping to reverse decades of football failure, Virginia hired Navy coach George Welsh following the 1981 season. An accomplished quarterback at the Academy, Welsh elevated the Cavaliers to unforeseen heights that included six top-25 seasons — he is enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame.
Virginia and Navy have have met 38 times, first in 1889. To answer the obvious question: I was not there.
On the same day that Virginia faces Navy, Virginia Tech (9-3) plays Oklahoma State (9-3) in Orlando’s Camping World Bowl. Many Hokies fans know Mickey’s town well, traveling there last season for the ACC championship game and in 2012 for what was then called the Russell Athletic Bowl.
Tech conquered Rutgers 13-10 in overtime in that game five years ago, and neither team mustered 200 yards of offense. Expect more points this time – perhaps by first quarter’s end.
Ranked 19th by the playoff committee, the Cowboys are third nationally in scoring at 46.3 points per game, and their quarterback, Mason Rudolph, leads the FBS with 379.4 yards passing per game. The Hokies recruited Rudolph when he played high school ball in Rock Hill, S.C.
The only team to pass for more than 250 yards against Virginia Tech this season is West Virginia (371), a Big 12 rival of Oklahoma State’s. The Hokies defeated the Mountaineers 31-24 in the season-opener.
Ranked 22nd by the selection committee and bowling for a 25th consecutive year, Tech is fifth nationally in scoring defense at 13.5 points per game and first in opponents’ completion percentage at 46.9.
Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster scheming against Cowboys coach Mike Gundy? Sign me up and pass the popcorn.
Bowl clarity for Tech and Virginia began to emerge at 12:30 p.m., Sunday, when the playoff selection committee unveiled its top six teams. As expected, Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia were seeded 1-3, with Alabama prevailing over Ohio State for the final semifinal spot.
Bama. Buckeyes. Nick Saban’s five national championships. Urban Meyer’s three.
There couldn’t have been a more fascinating choice.
The committee got it right, the Buckeyes’ Big Ten championship and top-10 victories over Wisconsin and Penn State notwithstanding. The Crimson Tide (11-1) has no top-10 wins — its best are over No. 17 LSU and No. 23 Mississippi State — but Ohio State (11-2) fell not only at home to No. 2 Oklahoma but also at unranked Iowa.
By 31 points! Alabama lost only at Auburn, by 12.
Losing by 31 should have consequences, and for the Buckeyes it did.
The Crimson Tide’s inclusion makes the Southeastern Conference the first league with two playoff representatives in the same season — SEC champ Georgia was an easy choice.
The Big Ten’s exclusion means that the only conferences represented in each of the four College Football Playoffs are the ACC and SEC.
Also important in the playoff’s early reveal Sunday was Big Ten runner-up Wisconsin at No. 6. When it’s not a CFP semifinal, the Orange Bowl is contracted to pit an ACC team versus the highest-ranked available opponent from among Notre Dame and the non-champions of the Big Ten and SEC.
That locked the Badgers into the Orange Bowl against ACC runner-up Miami, and when the Big Ten is the ACC’s Orange Bowl foe, the ACC inherits the Big Ten’s normal slot in the Citrus Bowl — I know, it’s confusing.
With Notre Dame not ranked high enough to earn a New Year’s Six bowl, it became part of the ACC’s postseason pool, and the Fighting Irish’s national brand made them an easy selection for the Citrus, leaving Virginia Tech to the Camping World.
Virginia Tech-Oklahoma State joins Clemson-Alabama (Sugar) and Miami-Wisconsin as bowl matchups pitting a top-25 ACC squad versus a ranked opponent.
Good company in which to be.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — For three-plus seasons, he has harassed, pestered and rerouted ball-handlers, and now Jevon Carter stands two steals from the West Virginia career record.
That mark could fall Thursday night when No. 19 West Virginia (6-1) welcomes NJIT (4-2) to the WVU Coliseum.
The reigning NABC defensive player of the year, Carter averages 4.4 steals per game this season, bringing his career total of 249 within reach of the 251 steals by Greg Jones from 1980 to 1983.
"It just means I play hard on defense," Carter said.
The point guard’s attitude and aggressive defense set the standard when "Press Virginia" rallied from 16 points down in the second half to beat Missouri 83-79 at the AdvoCare Invitational championship Sunday night.
"A lot of guys don’t like playing defense, but he actually likes it," guard Daxter Miles said. "It’s all about the will."
Turning defense into transition baskets, Carter scored a career-high 29 points against Missouri. He’s averaging 18.1 points and 5.4 assists for a team on a six-game winning streak.
Miles (15.9 points) is doing this part by attacking the basket and benefiting from more free-throw attempts. He made 14 of 15 against Mizzou on his way to 28 points.
They are seniors shouldering the burden until West Virginia’s younger role players find their legs.
"JC and Dax obviously keyed the whole thing," coach Bob Huggins said. "But offensively we’re not very good from an execution standpoint."
Two sophomores figure to be crucial components this season, though both have faced shortcomings.
Forward Lamont West (10.1 points, 5.6 rebounds) needs to make more than 26 percent from 3-point range, and center Sagaba Konate (10.3 points, 6.3 rebounds) has battled foul trouble.
"We’ve got to keep Sags on the floor. He can’t rebound it from the bench," Huggins said.
While the Mountaineers’ full-court trapping pressure has generated 22.7 turnovers per game, third-most in the country, Huggins said he thought it showed signs of life late against Mizzou.
"We made rotations, and we made early rotations, and we did all the things you talk about all the time that we haven’t done," Huggins said.
NJIT, in its 10th season as a Division I program and picked to finish last in the eight-team Atlantic Sun Conference, suffered losses to Wagner (60-49) and Seton Hall (82-53).
The Highlanders own wins over Division III Kean as well as Lafayette (96-80), Drexel (65-53) and, most recently, LIU-Brooklyn (73-69), in which Abdul Lewis finished with 23 points and 18 rebounds.
"We’re a young team and we’re just trying to build momentum," said Lewis, a 6-foot-10 forward who averages 11 points and 11.3 boards. "West Virginia is going to be a nice test, but I’m up of the challenge."
Guard Diandre Wilson (11.5 points) and forward Anthony Tarke (10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds) must give Lewis help if NJIT has any upset hopes. West Virginia has won its three home games by an average of 41 points.
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Baker Mayfield threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns after being punished for directing a lewd gesture toward the Kansas bench last week, and Oklahoma routed West Virginia 59-31 on Saturday to maintain its momentum heading into the Big 12 Championship game.
Mayfield was stripped of his captaincy and starting job for the game, his final home game as a Sooner. He received the loudest cheers when the seniors were announced, then more loud cheers when he entered the game on Oklahoma’s second possession.
Rodney Anderson ran for 118 yards and four touchdowns for the Sooners (11-1, 8-1 Big 12, No. 4 CFP). They will play TCU for the Big 12 title next Saturday in Arlington, Texas.
The Sooners gained 646 yards in their seventh straight win. It was the most points Oklahoma has scored against the Mountaineers.
West Virginia’s Chris Chugunov passed for 137 yards in his first start. He stepped in for Will Grier, who injured a finger the previous week against Texas. Kennedy McKoy ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns for the Mountaineers (7-5, 5-4).
It was a chippy contest in the first half, and it reached its peak when Oklahoma right guard Dru Samia was ejected after an altercation in the second quarter. It didn’t stop the Sooners — just two plays later, Anderson scored his third touchdown of the game from 17 yards out to give the Sooners a 28-10 lead. Mayfield ran over to the sideline, jumping up and down, waving his arms up and exhorting the crowd.
Kyler Murray, a transfer from Texas A&M, started in Mayfield’s place and took off for a 66-yard run on the first play from scrimmage. Anderson scored on the next play to put the Sooners up 7-0.
Mayfield took over and completed 11 of 12 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. The Sooners scored touchdowns on all five possessions Mayfield played in before halftime, and on all six drives he completed in the game. He sat for good with about three minutes left in the third quarter and the Sooners up 52-24.
West Virginia: The Mountaineers tried getting inside the Sooners’ heads with the extra pushing and shoving and it backfired. The Sooners scored on every first-half possession and led 45-10 at halftime.
Oklahoma: The Sooners rallied behind Mayfield and played one of its most complete games of the season. Oklahoma’s defense had a third consecutive solid effort, controlling the first half and holding the Mountaineers to 387 total yards.
West Virginia: Will head to a bowl game.
Oklahoma: Will play TCU in the Big 12 Championship Game.
Virginia is known for its mountains, history and amazing cities. There are a lot of different things to do and see in Virginia. If you want to find out what some of the top attractions are in Virginia, then continue to read on. We’ll discuss three great attractions.
Shenandoah National Park â
Shenandoah National Park is where you want to go if you want to enjoy hiking, cycling, camping and other outdoor activities. One of the top attractions at the park is Skyline Drive, which is a road that runs the length of the park and it’s 105 miles long. Backcountry camping is also popular here, especially since it offers over 190,000 acres to do it on and there are a number of lodges you can stay in. You’ll also come across many waterfalls on your travels throughout the park.
Kings Dominion â
If you’re looking for excitement, then head over to Kings Dominion, a massive theme park just north of Richmond in Doswell. The park sits on 400 acres and has been opened since 1975. Once inside, you will have the chance to go on over 60 different rides, including over 10 roller coasters and water rides within a 20-acre water park.
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts â
This museum houses various types of art collections, including African art, American art and ancient American art. East Asian art and European art collections can also be found here. Others include modern & contemporary, South Asian, Faberge and English Silver. The museum is large, so it’s a good idea to set aside a good portion of your day if you plan on going there.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Kings Dominion are popular attractions in Virginia. Shenandoah National Park is another top attractions. You should plan on taking a trip to Virginia, so you can visit them.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Justin Bibbs scored 25 points to carry Virginia Tech to a 99-73 victory over Houston Baptist on Tuesday night.
The hot-shooting Bibbs connected on all seven of his first-half field-goal attempts and scored 16 points for the Hokies (3-1), who were actually in a battle for much of the first 20 minutes. But Bibbs hit 3-pointers to bookend a 10-2 run to end the half and gave the Hokies a 44-38 halftime advantage – and the lead for good.
Bibbs hit 11 of 13 from the field overall, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Ahmed Hill added 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers, as the Hokies shot 64 percent (32 of 50) from the field, including 16 3’s — just a game after canning 15 in a victory over Washington on Friday.
Ian Dubose led HBU (1-3) with 15 points.
Houston Baptist: The Huskies, who lost five seniors off last season’s squad that finished 17-14 overall and 12-6 in the Southland Conference, are probably counting down the days toward the start of Southland action. They fell to 0-4 against Division I competition this season and still have road games against Oklahoma State, Michigan State and Vanderbilt before Christmas.
Virginia Tech: After missing the first two games of the season while serving a suspension handed out by head coach Buzz Williams, Bibbs continued his torrid shooting. He’s now shooting 73 percent (27 of 37) from the field. The Hokies have scored at least 99 points in four of their five games this season.
Houston Baptist: The Huskies continue their season when they travel to Stillwater, Oklahoma to take on Oklahoma State on Sunday.
Virginia Tech: The Hokies return to action Saturday when they host Morehead State.
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Those who still doubt that their vote can make a difference should take a look at last week’s elections in Virginia.
In House District 94, which includes Newport News, almost 24,000 people went to the polls; the Republican and Democratic candidates there are separated by just 10 votes. The race appears to be headed for a recount, as do those in two other districts where the margin of victory is in the dozens. With control of the Virginia House of Delegates in the balance, literally every vote counts.
That’s particularly exciting in Virginia, where more than 40,000 previously disenfranchised citizens were registered to vote this year, many for the first time.
Virginia was, until recently, one of four states — along with Kentucky, Iowa and Florida — that still impose a lifetime ban on voting by people with felony convictions. The only recourse is a personal reprieve from the governor, which happened last year when Gov. Terry McAuliffe restored the voting rights of more than 168,000 Virginians with criminal records. One quarter of those — about 42,000 people — registered to vote in time for this year’s election.
Bringing so many people back into the electorate, or encouraging them to participate for the first time, is a good thing, period. It’s also yet another reminder of the pointless cruelty of felon disenfranchisement laws, which block more than six million Americans from voting — more than the population of 31 states.
Since African-Americans are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, it’s no surprise that black citizens of voting age are shut out of the polls at four times the rate of nonblacks. Before Governor McAuliffe stepped in, more than one in five black Virginians were barred from voting.
Today’s defenders of felon voting bans would call this a coincidence, but it’s impossible to separate the bans from their racist roots. In Southern states, white political leaders used to make the connection explicit. As one said during Virginia’s constitutional convention in 1902, the intent was to “eliminate the darkey as a political factor in this state in less than five years, so that in no single county in the commonwealth will there be the least concern felt for the complete supremacy of the white race in government affairs.”
Especially in light of this history, it’s shameful that Republican lawmakers in Virginia fought to stop Mr. McAuliffe, suing him for overstepping his authority after he initially granted a blanket restoration to more than 200,000 Virginians with felony convictions. The Virginia Supreme Court agreed, albeit for dubious reasons, and required the governor to issue any restorations case by case, which he promptly and wisely did.
So why the Republican resistance to what is clearly the right move by Mr. McAuliffe? It’s a mix of self-interested politics and race. People coming out of prison are disproportionately black, and blacks tend to vote overwhelmingly for Democrats. But there’s no clear evidence of a partisan skew in voting by people coming out of prison. And even if there were a demonstrable Democratic bias, that would be no reason to deny someone the right to vote. (It’s worth pointing out that felon disenfranchisement was an issue in the Virginia governor’s race this year, and the candidate who campaigned on the horrors of restoring the vote to “violent felons and sex offenders” lost by 9 points.)
The bottom line is that this shouldn’t be a partisan issue. By an overwhelming majority, Americans of all political stripes support voting by those who have paid their debt to society. In recent years both liberal and conservative states have made it easier to restore the right to vote, on the understanding that disenfranchising people with criminal records serves no purpose other than to keep them at the edges of society. In Virginia, it was a Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, who took the important first steps toward restoring voting rights on a large scale. Maine and Vermont allow people to vote while they are still incarcerated, and no one is contending that this has led either state to collapse into a lawless hellscape.
America has plenty of problems with its electoral system, but too many people voting is not one of them. Whoever wins the contested House races in Virginia, the fact that tens of thousands of new voters were able to participate is a win for everybody.
Austin Peay vs Virginia: UVA redshirt freshman Jay Huff made his debut in a 93-49 rout of Austin Peay. The seven-footer hit his first six shots and finished 7-for-8 with two threes and blocked five shots. Devon Hall had a career-high 19 points while Kyle Guy added 14 in the win.
Danica Roem, who beat GOP incumbent Robert G. Marshall in the race for a seat in Virginia’s House of Delegates, is greeted by supporters in Manassas on election night. Roem will be the first openly transgender state legislator in the United States. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post via AP)
In 1897, an earthquake that hit 5.8 on the Richter scale shook Virginia and was felt across 12 other states. Six months later, William McKinley’s Republican Party experienced its own disaster in Virginia, losing 15 seats in the state House of Delegates.
Not until Tuesday night did another such earthquake strike a president’s party in Virginia elections. The figure below puts the Republican Party’s losses in historical perspective. What happened Tuesday was worse than normal.
Now the question is whether the GOP’s losses in the Virginia legislature should be a warning sign for Republicans next year. If past elections are any indication, the answer is yes.
All politics is not local
National politics has long dominated state legislative elections. That’s true in Virginia, too. The left panel in the graph below shows that presidential approval, as measured by the last national Gallup poll before an election, is strongly associated with seat changes for the president’s party in the House of Delegates. The right panel shows that this is true in state elections nationwide.
What is particularly worrisome for Republicans is that their Virginia losses were worse than what is predicted by presidential approval alone. In the left-hand graph above, the 2017 point is well below the line that captures this relationship. With Trump’s approval rating at 38 percent, Republicans should have lost two to four seats, not 15.
This simple analysis suggests that a 38 percent approval rating could translate in 2018 into Republicans losing about 300 state House seats. This is why the GOP’s losses in Virginia may hint at a larger earthquake.
Indeed, the fortunes of the president’s party in Virginia House elections are related to how the president’s party fared in midterm elections the next year. The graph below shows a clear correlation emerges in U.S. House and state House elections.
A 10-point change in seats in the House of Delegates is associated with a 4-5% seat change in midterm state House and U.S. House elections. The points labeled “2018” indicate the predicted loss in Republican seats, which would be almost as large as Democratic losses in 2010 and exceed Republicans losses after Watergate in 1974.
A key lesson for Democrats from Virginia is: Make sure Democratic candidates run. In 2017, Democrats ran for 88 of the 100 House of Delegate seats, compared with only 55 in 2015. Many Democratic candidates in 2017 likely hoped to ride an anti-Trump wave. Such strategic behavior is consistent with studies of U.S. House elections by Gary Jacobson and Sam Kernell and my own research on state legislative elections.
Since Tuesday’s election, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is already actively recruiting candidates to ensure Democrats are similarly positioned nationwide. Jessica Post of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (the national organization devoted to electing Democrats to state legislatures) says, “In 2018 we’ll continue working with state leaders to recruit smart, strong candidates in every district.”
If Democrats can do this, and if Trump’s approval rating continues to languish, Republicans may suffer just as much in the 2018 midterm election as they did on Tuesday.
Steven Rogers is assistant professor of political science at Saint Louis University.
Voters head to the polls Tuesday in Virginia to decide their next governor in a race that has been closely watched as a bellwether for the political climate ahead of the 2018 midterm elections and a test of President Donald Trump’s influence in the only southern state he lost in the 2016 elections.
The race between Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, and former Republican National Committee Chairman Ed Gillespie started out as a relatively tame political contest between two moderates, but has morphed into an intense battle over hot-button issues like illegal immigration, race relations and Confederate monuments.
Republicans have won just one out of the last four gubernatorial elections in Virginia since 2001 and national groups have poured money and resources into the state to boost Gillespie’s campaign. President Trump did not campaign with Gillespie, however Vice President Mike Pence did appear with the candidate last month at a rally in southern Virginia.
Northam has also attracted support from national Democrats and appeared on the campaign trail with both former President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Democrats are eager to pull out a win in Virginia to show tangible political resistance to the Trump presidency.
Here’s a look at what you need to know about who is running and what matters ahead of Tuesday’s election:
Northam, Virginia’s Democratic Lieutenant Governor, grew up on Virginia’s Eastern Shore and attended the Virginia Military Institute. He later served as an Army doctor and taught medicine and ethics at Eastern Virginia Medical School.
He was elected as the state’s lieutenant governor in 2013, serving under current Gov. Terry McAuliffe. He faced a legitimate primary challenger in former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, but was able to win the nomination with help from McAuliffe and other Democratic groups in the state.
Gillespie has been a staple in Republican Party politics for decades, serving as a former RNC Chairman and counselor to President George W. Bush. Gillespie has also worked as a lobbyist and political strategist. In 2000, he co-founded a consulting firm, Quinn, Gillespie & Associates.
Gillespie ran for U.S. Senate in 2014, and nearly unseated incumbent Mark Warner, a Democrat. Gillespie lost the election by less than one point in a result that caught many political observers off guard.
In the Republican primary, Gillespie was nearly beaten by Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart, who ran as a more conservative and Trump-aligned alternative.
The Trump Question
While President Trump did not personally campaign for Gillespie, his presence has loomed large over the race throughout the fall.
The president did however endorse Gillespie over Twitter, praising his ads highlighting violence perpetrated by the MS-13 gang in Virginia.
Ralph Northam,who is running for Governor of Virginia,is fighting for the violent MS-13 killer gangs & sanctuary cities. Vote Ed Gillespie!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2017
Gillespie approached questions about President Trump very cautiously throughout the campaign, but Northam, who called Trump a “narcissistic maniac” early in the campaign, has tried to tie Gillespie to him at every turn. The president’s approval rating in Virginia was measured at just 34 percent in a recent poll by Quinnipiac.
Northam has run ads in the final weeks of the campaign linking Gillespie to Trump, likely in the hopes that the unpopular president will be enough of a drag in certain areas of the state for Northam to pull out a win.
The Ad Wars
Most of the campaign’s most heated exchanges have come over the airways.
Gillespie has run ads throughout the state highlighting crimes committed by the violent MS-13 gang, accusing Northam of supporting policies that have allowed the gang to grow in the state. The Republican has also run ads highlighting Northam’s support for the automatic restoration of certain rights for criminals, saying the policy allows sex offenders to have their gun rights restored.
Gillespie has also tried to use the controversy over Confederate monuments to his advantage, running ads touting how the monuments will “stay up” if he is elected, while hitting Northam for saying he would take steps to remove some statues.
While Northam has largely attacked Gillespie over his lobbying career, a mailer sent out by the state’s Democratic Party linked Gillespie and Trump to the white nationalist protesters that caused chaos over the summer in Charlottesville, according to the Washington Post.
Just last week, an outside group called Latino Victory Fund ran an ad featuring a pickup truck donned with a Confederate flag and Gillespie bumper sticker menacing young, minority children. The Gillespie campaign called the ad “vile” and “an attack on all Virginians.”
The Northam campaign did not condemn the ad.
“It is not shocking that communities of color are scared of what his Trump-like policy positions mean for them," campaign spokesman Ofirah Yheskel and told ABC News in an email.
The group eventually pulled the ad off the air after eight people were killed in New York City after a deadly truck attack that targeted cyclists and pedestrians.
Looking to 2018
With the largely uncompetitive New Jersey gubernatorial race the only other statewide election tomorrow, Virginia will be looked at as the best political barometer leading up to the 2018 midterms.
Republicans have a much more favorable map when it comes to senate races, as Democrats are defending 23 seats held by incumbents, and two independent seats with members that caucus with them. Republicans by contrast are defending just eight seats.
The last year a Republican was elected governor of Virginia was 2009 when Bob McDonnell defeated Democratic state Sen. Creigh Deeds.
With the Trump’s effect on the 2018 midterms still largely a question mark, the Virginia race will give both parties an early look at how they approach key races across the country.