Maddow said that Virginia will host its first statewide elections since the presidential election. The Republican Party chose candidates including E.W Jackson, who has called gay people "psychologically sick" and "perverted" and wrote in his 2008 book that yoga leads to satanism. Virginia Republicans also chose state Sen. Mark Obenshain, who in 2009 introduced a bill requiring Virginia women to report miscarriages to police within 24 hours, as its attorney general candidate.
Maddow also mentioned that Reverend Doctor Joe Ellison, Jr. became the Republican Party's new director of African American engagement in Virginia, the pastor who defended Pat Robinson's 2010 comments that voodoo caused the earthquake in Haiti.
"This is not the Beltway Media narrative about what is going on in Republican politics right now, but it is exactly what is going on if you watch how they behave, and who they are, and what they say in public. Virginia will be the first whole statewide elections we've had since the presidential election and this is who the Republican party has put together as their best face in that state," Maddow said.