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PolitiFact is a project of the Poynter Institute and its partner news organizations to help readers find the truth in politics. We examine statements by elected officials, pundits, talk show hosts, and special interest groups and rate the statements’ accuracy on our Truth-O-Meter. In one sense, we are the referee in American politics, blowing the whistle on exaggerations and falsehoods. We are neutral and scrupulously fair. We examine all sides of an issue, use the most unbiased sources we can find and then render a decision.

Truth-O-Meters Explained


“Every single city and county in Virginia, their unemployment dropped, and in most of the rural communities, it dropped by over 50 percent.”
– Former Governor Terry McAuliffe (D)
“Virginians pay the 11th-highest power bills in the nation.”
– Clean Virginia
“85 percent (of immigrants) don’t show up for a scheduled court hearing or call to schedule a court hearing.”
– U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R)
On Abigail Spanberger... “She got $2.2 million from ActBlue... That is the George Soros resistance group.”
– U.S. Rep. Dave Brat (R)
When it comes to paychecks, the major-party candidates for Congress in the 7th District offer opposite views. So who’s right, Brat or Spanberger?
Abigail Spanberger “wants a tax increase of $32 trillion - that’s with a `T." to pay for her socialist health care plan.”
– U.S. Rep. Dave Brat (R)
American taxpayers are picking up 70 percent of NATO’s costs.
– Corey Stewart, Virginia’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate
Dave Brat “voted against protecting pre-existing conditions.”
– Abigail Spanberger, Democratic challenger in the 7th Congressional District
...Stewart skipped a Prince William County Board of Supervisors meeting focused on opioid abuse to campaign for Roy Moore...
– Senator Tim Kaine (D)
About Tim Kaine: “When the president wanted to build a 355-ship Navy, you voted no.”
– Corey Stewart, Virginia’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate
“The national economy was strong in its longest expansion of private sector jobs before President Trump came into office.”
– Senator Tim Kaine (D)
A House Majority PAC TV ad accuses Rep. Dave Brat, R-7th, of playing a “shell game” with his older constituents’ health insurance.
Tim Kaine: “opposes everything President Trump does.”
– Corey Stewart, Virginia’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate
“Because of President Trump, we are now - get this - the United States is now the largest combined supplier of oil and gas resources on the planet.”
– Corey Stewart, Virginia’s Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate

Truth-O-Meters Explained


True: The statement is accurate and there’s nothing significant missing.


Mostly-True: The statement is accurate but needs clarification or additional information.


Half-True: The statement is partially accurate but leaves out important details or takes things out of context.


Mostly-False: The statement contains an element of truth but ignores critical facts that would give a different impression.


False: The statement is not accurate.


Pants On Fire: The statement is not accurate and makes a ridiculous claim.