Scott Rigell, the Republican representative in the 2nd Congressional District, will face a Democratic challenger, and unless someone else steps up, that challenger will be Suzanne Patrick. The 2nd, of which I am a resident, is considered a competitive district – in 2012, Obama eked out a win – but Sabato’s Crystal Ball has it listed as “likely Republican,” no doubt partially on the strength of Rigell’s performance that same year.
2014 will not have the president at the top of the ticket; instead, it will be Democratic Senator Mark Warner. As of this writing, no Republican challenger has emerged for the popular former governor. Unless there is a strong contender, we may very well see light turnout across the commonwealth – which generally does not bode well for Democrats.
Ah well. We’ve got a little time yet, right?