Sure, Virginia, off-year elections matter

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Jonathan Bernstein is a Bloomberg Opinion columnist and a former professor of political science on the College of Texas at San Antonio and DePauw College.

The off-year elections are coming, with Virginia’s state legislative races — all seats in each carefully divided chambers are on the poll in November — in all probability the highest-profile contests. There are additionally gubernatorial elections in Kentucky, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and along with Virginia, state legislature elections in Mississippi, Louisiana, and New Jersey.

Virginia is drawing probably the most consideration as a result of it’s the one shut presidential state with frequently scheduled elections this 12 months, the result is unsure in each chambers, and since its Republican governor, Glenn Youngkin, has been talked about as a possible 2024 presidential contender. It’s additionally near the Washington political media heart.