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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

“Five years ago, when I took office, our state was mired in debt -- a $2.4 billion debt left over by Republicans.”
– Fmr. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D)
Red-flag laws have been “shown to reduce the number of suicides by firearms.”
– Sen. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath)
“The e-cigarette vaping phenomenon has wiped out all the progress we’ve made on reducing youth smoking.”
– U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D)
A report on the blackface incident: “confirmed what I said all along, that I’m not in that offensive picture.”
– Gov. Ralph Northam (D)
The ceilings of the Virginia Senate and House chambers are “circled by gold-embossed tobacco leaves.”
– Senator Tim Kaine (D)
“Richmond was one of the only cities in the state that did not [increase] their real estate tax to those pre-recession rates.”
– Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney
On abortion in Virginia: “the woman has the right to talk to the doctor who’s going to perform the abortion and [Democrats] wanted to strip that out.”
– Del. Bob Thomas (R-Stafford)
"The McAuliffe Effect" Did Virginia's partisan red-to-blue changes start with McAuliffe, as the former governor likes to say?
Emmett Hanger “has voted for the three largest tax increases - proposed tax increases - in Virginia history.”
– State Sen. Candidate Tina Freitas (R)
Disparities in infant mortality between white America and black America [are] greater today, in 2019 than in the year 1850...
– Presidential Candidate Beto O'Rourke (D)
Other than University of Virginia’s 2019 basketball team, “We’ve not had a Virginia team even in the Final Four in over a decade. I think George Mason was the last one…”
– U.S. Sen. Mark Warner
McAuliffe A "Full Flop" On Abortion Bill
– Former Governor Terry McAuliffe (D)
"Women in Virginia have been incarcerated at an increasingly high rate. It’s around [a] 300 percent increase in the past four or five years”
– Del. Kaye Kory (D-Fairfax)
During his governorship, Virginia made “the largest investment ever in K-12 education.”
– Former Governor Terry McAuliffe (D)
Stoney "Half-Flips" on Raising Taxes
– Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney
“Women earn on average 80-cents on the dollar compared to white men doing similar jobs.”
– U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (R-3rd)
"Republicans have had more African-Americans on key committees than when the Democrats were in control.”
– Del. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk)
"Our country has succeeded in reducing greenhouse emissions in previous years.”
– U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (D-9th)
Governor Northam “stated that he would even allow a newborn baby to come out into the world and wrap the baby, and make the baby comfortable, and then talk to the mother and talk to the father and then execute the baby.” – President Donald Trump
“Today’s minimum wage worker making $7.25 an hour has less buying power than a minimum wage worker in the 1960s”
– U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (R-3rd)
“Right now, women are able to access an abortion in the later stages of their pregnancy under certain conditions with approval of their medical doctors. I’ve done nothing to change that”
– Del. Kathy Tran (D-Fairfax)
“There is no tax increase in the governor's budget plan.”
– Eileen Filler-Corn (D-Fairfax) Va. House Minority Leader
On extreme-risk guns laws, “This idea has passed Republican legislatures in other states and has been signed by Republican governors.”
– Gov. Ralph Northam (D)
"This midterm, the president did better than the average president does in his first midterms."
– Jerry Falwell Jr., President of Liberty University
"No Flip" for Herring on resignation to run for governor.
– Attorney General Mark Herring (D)
“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.