While jobs and the economy are the top issues in the fall campaign, one Virginia race has touched on other topics, including uranium mining and hemp.
For Republican Robert Hurt the priorities are clear, cutting government spending and reducing the national debt.
"It's entirely unsustainable," Hurt told us in an interview last month, "and Democrats, Republicans and Independents all agree we've got to stop it, because it's just immoral to hand that debt and deficit off to our children. It's just wrong."
Democrat John Douglass, a retired Air Force General, has offered plans to strengthen the nation's and the region's economy, but his campaign has also highlighted his opposition to uranium mining and proposed legislation that would ban it near populated areas.
"The uranium issue is a big issue," Douglass told us, "because you know if you make a mistake there is a huge downside for the state and for the local communites that do the cleanup. And some of that stuff lasts for a thousand years."
Independent Green Ken Hildebrandt also opposes uranium mining, but there was another issue he championed on the campaign trail. Hildebrandt supports the legalization of industrial hemp, a cousin of marijuana he says has many legitimate uses and plenty of potential to boost the national and regional economy.
"It's such a big issue that touches our economy," Hildebrandt said. "It touches our foreign policy in that we wouldn't have to import as much oil. some have suggested maybe even none."
Hildebrandt hasn't asked for campaign contributions, but the fundraising race in the 5th District is the most competitive in our region. Hurt leads with more than $1.8 million. Douglass has raised more than $1 million.