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Dem Ralph Northam and Republican Ed Gillespie won their primaries with record turnout.
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In brief: Eye-popping turnout, cereal beat-in and more

Get out the vote The big news in the 2017 primary was record turnout for a non-presidential primary. Democrats were particularly energized, significantly topping their last gubernatorial primary in 2009. While not as many Republicans showed up, the GOP’s turnout topped 2009 as well. Governor primary turnout Democrats: 2017: 542,812 voters 2009: 319,168 voters Up […]

Northern copperhead is the venomous snake you're most likely to encounter here. Note the Hershey’s Kiss-like pattern. Photo John White, Virginia Herpetological Society

In brief: Snake doppelgangers, North Korea release and more

Don’t tread on these Venomous snakes and their harmless twins Along with mosquitoes and ticks, other bites to avoid this summer are from snakes. The good news is, only two of Virginia’s three venomous species—the timber rattlesnake and northern copperhead—are found in the Charlottesville area, while the eastern cottonmouth hangs in the southeastern part of […]