By: Ray Daudani
With 44 Republican candidates running unopposed in November, the GOP should have no problem retaining control of the House of Delegates.
The party currently enjoys a very comfortable 67-33 lead in the House and only 29 of the 100 seats are contested in the Nov. 3 election.
In the Richmond metro area, there are eight contested races.
Incumbent Republican Roxann Robinson faces Democrat challenger Martin Morradian in this district which includes part of Chesterfield.
House Speaker Bill Howell has held this seat, which includes Fredericksburg and part of Stafford, for Republicans since 1987. Now, he faces a challenge from Democrat Kandy Hilliard.
Voters in parts of Caroline, Hanover and Spotsylvania will decide whether incumbent Republican Buddy Fowler holds his seat or whether Democrat Toni Radler should replace him.
Republican Riley Ingram has represented parts of Henrico, Chesterfield and Prince George for more than 20 years. Now, Democrat Sheila Bynum will see if she can upset him.
Incumbent Republican Manoli Loupassi faces two competitors for this district covering parts of Henrico and Chesterfield. Democrat Bill Grogan and Mike Dickinson will challenge him.
Republicans didn't field a candidate against incumbent Democrat Jennifer McClellan, but Independent Steve Imhold will be against her on the ballot.
Democrats battled in a fierce primary for this seat left vacant by Joe Morrissey. In the end, Lamont Bagby fought off Stephen Adkins and Leonidas Young for the nomination. With no Republicans on the ballot, David Lambert is the only challenger and is running as an Independent.
Incumbent Republican Chris Peace faces two Independent party challengers, Nathan Cox and Erica Lawler for the district which includes New Kent and part of Hanover.