Northern Virginia Democrats, meanwhile, are trying to take advantage of the momentum attributed by many to a demographic shift in Fairfax and Loudoun, where increasingly urbanizing neighborhoods have leaned Democratic in recent elections.

Efforts are underway to draft state and local candidates, Northern Virginia Democrats say.

“Every Republican in Northern Virginia can expect vigorous competition,” said Gerald E. Connolly (D), chairman of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors.

Vigorous, as in waving of hands and beating of breasts? Let’s see if the Dems can really draft some top-notch candidates.