WSLS 10 News dominated the midterm election coverage.
The station was the only in the market with live crews at all candidates' victory parties in their three Congressional races. WSLS 10 News also had crews live from across Virginia, including in Charlottesville, Afton, Waynesboro, Roanoke, Abingdon and Bristol.
When it came to live updates, they delivered news seemlessly and quickly both on-air and online. WSLS 10 News was the first to project that Sen. Tim Kaine would be re-elected to a second term, as they broke the news at 7 p.m.
Online, the team was first with push alerts as well, providing them consistently throughout the night as winners were determined.
Additionally, the station livestreamed all the candidate speeches.
In anticipation of the midterm elections, all of Graham Media Group's stations remained committed to delivering more in-depth political coverage than their competitors. With journalists covering gubernatorial and U.S. Senate and House races across the country, among other local races, our stations brought viewers all the latest on the races with both close-to-home and national impacts.
“There’s so much focus on the White House, but governors and state legislators do much of the important public policy work in this country. It is our responsibility at the local level to cover local, state and federal elections actively and comprehensively across all platforms,” said Emily Barr, president and CEO.
Leading up to Tuesday night's election results, WSLS 10 News livestreamed the highly contested U.S. Senate race between Kaine, who was the incumbent, and his Republican challenger, Corey Steward. WSLS also aired and streamed the Chuck Todd-moderated debate between the two candidates.
WSLS.com even produced a special 2018 election page for the occasion. This page contained information on all races, candidate bios, and voter information to assist viewers with getting to the polls.
For nearly three decades, Graham Media Group has given candidates in high-interest races free airtime to speak directly and uninterrupted to candidates -- and that tradition will continue.