“Huge” was the word Chris Lacivita, a veteran Republican consultant in Virginia, used to describe the impact the Democratic meltdown could have on 2019 state legislative races. “There will be an impact. It’s not a question of if, but how much,” he said. There’s just one caveat: District boundaries for the House of Delegates could get thrown out by a federal court, with any changes imposed benefiting the Democrats.

One Republican who revealed Friday that he was running for the Virginia House of Delegates is using the Democratic unraveling in Richmond as the basis for his candidacy.

“Where are our principles?” the female voiceover says as the announcement video for Randy Minchew, a former delegate, opens. “Where are our morals? … Virginia is better than this; our leaders should be, too.”