The last time the Democratic Party of Virginia fielded more Congressional candidates then the Republican Party of Virginia was 1998. Back then Democrats still controlled a 6-5 edge in the Congressional delegation.
The Republicans ability to find more candidates to run, even in tough districts is a great example of a stronger party.
So far this year the trend seems to be softening. The GOP has candidates in ten of the eleven districts, while the Democrats have them in nine of eleven.
The 6th Congressional District, running from Roanoke through the Valley is the most egregious example of the Democratic Party. Bob Goodlatte has not faced major party opposition since 1998. Democrats again this year have yet to find a candidate, and if they fail to do so, Goodlatte will go unopposed until 2008, a full decade without a Democratic candidate.
No time in the last decade have both parties found candidates in all eleven districts, so 2006 could be a historic election for competition if Republicans in the 3rd District, and Democrats in the 4th and 6th get their act together.