Virginia 2nd

Lean R

1 in 3

Chance the Democrat wins (34.9%)

2 in 3

Chance the Republican wins (65.1%)

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Forecasted turnout
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# What goes into the
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classic forecast in the Virginia 2nd

The Classic version of our model projects a race’s outcome by taking a weighted average of polls of a district (if available), polls of similar districts (CANTOR) and non-polling factors (fundamentals). It is then reverted toward a mean based on long-term trends in midterms and presidential approval ratings.

  • R+0.1

    Adjusted polls

  • R+4.0

    CANTOR

  • R+4.1

    Fundamentals

  • R+0.6

    Experts

  • R+1.9

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    Lite

  • R+2.5

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    Classic

  • R+1.9

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    Deluxe

  • <0.1

  • <0.1

Historical adjustment

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More weight

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#Latest polls

We've collected two polls for the Virginia 2nd. We’re adjusting poll results in three ways: Polls of registered voters or all adults are adjusted to a likely-voter basis; older polls are adjusted based on shifts in the generic congressional ballot since the poll was conducted; and polls are adjusted for house effects (the tendency for a firm’s polls to lean toward Democrats or Republicans). Polls with larger sample sizes and those conducted by higher-quality polling agencies are given more weight, as are more recent polls.

Adjustments
datespollstersampleweight
Luria
Taylor
marginlikely voterTime-lineHouse effects Adjusted margin
Sep. 5-8
9/5-8
Garin-Hart-Yang Research Group
D
404LV
0.68
51%43%D+8.0 <0.1 4.3 D+3.7
Apr. 16-17
4/16-17
Public Policy Polling
D
609V
0.28
42%48%R+6.0 0.3 0.8 1.7 R+6.9
Weighted averageR+0.1

Key

A = adults

RV = Registered voters

V = voters

LV = likely voters

R
D

= partisan poll

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#Similar districts and CANTOR

Our district similarity scores are based on demographic, geographic and political characteristics; if two districts have a score of 100, it means they are perfectly identical. These scores inform a system we use — CANTOR, or Congressional Algorithm using Neighboring Typologies to Optimize Regression — to infer what polling would say in unpolled or lightly polled districts, given what it says in similar districts.

Districts most similar to the Virginia 2nd
Sim. score Polling avg.
NC-272.2D+1.1
SC-170.9R+8.9
OH-165.0R+0.8
VA-762.5R+2.0
FL-760.7D+2.4
TX-660.6R+10.4
OH-1060.6
FL-1560.1R+0.2
VA-159.8
DE at large57.2D+9.9

#The “fundamentals”

The Classic and Deluxe versions of our model use several non-polling factors to forecast the vote share margin in each district.

FactorImpactExplanation
Incumbency
2.9
Scott W. Taylor has been elected to 1 term. Congress has only an 18.0% approval rating, reducing the incumbency advantage.
District partisanship
2.8
VA-2 is 7.8 percentage points more Republican-leaning than the country overall, based on how it has voted in recent presidential and state legislative elections. It voted for Trump in 2016 and Romney in 2012. Virginia has been considerably more Republican in state legislative elections than in presidential elections.
Incumbent's margin in last election
11.0
Taylor won by 22.9 percentage points in 2016 in an open-seat race.
Generic ballot
6.7
Democrats lead by an average of 8.3 percentage points in polls of the generic congressional ballot.
Fundraising
3.7
As of June 30, Taylor had raised $1,770,000 in individual contributions (68% of all such contributions to the major-party candidates); Elaine G. Luria had raised $850,000 (32%).
Incumbent's voting record in Congress
1.7
Taylor has voted with Republicans 85% of the time in roll-call votes in recent sessions of Congress.
Challenger experience
0.7
Luria has never held elected office.
Scandals
8.6
Taylor is involved in a scandal that developed since the last election for this seat.
Total
R+4.1

#Expert ratings

The Deluxe version of our model calculates an implied margin for each race based on expert race ratings from The Cook Political Report, Inside Elections and Sabato's Crystal Ball; it then adjusts that margin toward its estimate of the national political environment.

Equivalent Margin
ExpertRatingRaw Adjusted
Cook Political Report
Toss-up
EVEND+1.4
Inside Elections
Lean R
R+6.7R+4.3
Sabato's Crystal Ball
Toss-up
EVEND+1.2
AverageR+2.2R+0.6

How this forecast works

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