Election to watch - VA Governor. Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) – is term limited. As an open seat in a purple state, this is an important race Running are: Ed Gillespie (R), former VA Republican Chairman; he has raised $10 million; Ralph Norman (D), former State Senator, has raised $16 million; also running is Cliff Hyra, Libertarian. The race has tightened in the past few weeks with the Democrat, however, still showing a 5 point advantage in the latest poll. Since 1977, the incumbent president party has lost the VA Gubernatorial race the next year. (The Hill). This race will be interesting to watch.