Coronavirus dominates low-key Senate race in Virginia

Mark Warner, Daniel Gade
Mark Warner, Daniel Gade
Posted at 8:47 AM, Oct 17, 2020

RICHMOND, Va. -- The Senate race in Virginia is a low-profile affair, eclipsed by much closer contests in other states that will determine the balance of power of the next Congress.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner is seeking a third term and appears to have an easy path to victory over Republican Daniel Gade, a political newcomer who doesn't have the money or name recognition to match Warner.

Both Warner and Gade say the coronavirus pandemic is at the top of voters’ minds, and Trump’s response as been the key flashpoint in the race so far.

RELATED: Watch the People's Debate with Sen. Mark Warner and Daniel Gade

🗳️Complete Local Coverage: Election 2020

Richmond Mayoral Race
Mayoral candidate Kim Gray
Mayoral candidate Justin Griffin
Mayoral candidate Tracey McLean
Mayoral candidate Alexsis Rodgers
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney

U.S. House - 7th District
Rep. Abigail Spanberger
Del. Nick Freitas

U.S. Senate
Sen. Mark Warner (D) and challenger Daniel Gade (R) take part in "The People's Debate"

To learn more about key local elections, from Congressional seats to mayoral races to school board seats, click here for the CBS 6 voter's guide.

Watch CBS 6 News at 7 p.m. with Bill Fitzgerald on TV, or now streaming on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV. Just search "WTVR Richmond" in your app store.