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Sun Sep 1, 2019, 12:23 AM

Election 2019: Democrats look to flip Virginia state legislature narrowly controlled by Republicans

WASHINGTON — There's a big election just two months away in Virginia, where Democrats are hoping to flip both state legislative chambers that are currently controlled by Republicans with razor-thin margins.

Democrats need to win only two seats each in the state House and Senate on November 5 to win complete control of the former Capital of the Confederacy after making better-than-expected gains in the commonwealth's last odd-year election in 2017.

Democrats now control every statewide office, but the GOP-run legislature has stymied the party's agenda, as has a string of scandals by its leaders. So Democrats say they're now making a bigger investment earlier than they have in the past.

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee, the party's official campaign arm for state races, has now completed sending $1 million in early money intended to help hire staff, recruit candidates, and build the party's infrastructure.


Meanwhile, the Michael Bloomberg-backed gun control group Everytown for Gun Safety has pledged to spend another $2.5 million after the Republican-controlled legislature abruptly canceled a special session on guns called by Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam after a mass shooting. Democratic groups Priorities USA and EMILY’s List also plan to spend $600,000 on a digital campaign.

“We made huge gains in 2017 and this November, we’re going to do whatever it takes to win both chambers in Richmond," DLCC President Jessica Post said in a statement, referring to Virginia's statewide elections two years ago and the 2018 midterms.

Democrats also noted that the top five or so donors in the state so far this year are mainly supporting Democrats, a change from years past.




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Sun Sep 1, 2019, 10:15 AM

1. "Better-than-expected gains" they wiped the floor with the Republicans in 2017

A transgender candidate beat the sponsor of Virginia's own version of the bathroom bill.

If it hadn't been for a judge allowing what was clearly a double vote on one ballot and the Republican winning a drawing of lots the Senate would be evenly split right now.

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Sun Sep 1, 2019, 10:47 AM

2. K & R...for visibility...

Turn Virginia Blue!

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