Election 2021 is almost behind us and, if two recounts in races for the Virginia House of Delegates hold for the Republicans, they will return to the majority in the House and will have won all three statewide offices (governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general).
However, as sweeping a victory as that sounds, it’s not.
Those two recounts go in favor of the Democrats, the House is split at 50 Republicans and 50 Democrats.
Additionally, the largest margin for victory in the statewide elections is less than 70k votes – 2.4% in the gubernatorial race. Meaning that the LG and AG races are even closer.
Virginia is very much still a swing or “purple” state.
Helping explain how Republicans managed to come together following a contentious nominating process and earn these victories is chairman of the Virginia GOP, former Del. Rich Anderson.
In episode 100, Anderson shares with us his thoughts on
- Virginia as the standard-setter for races across the country in 2022
- The strength of the GOP candidates as campaigners
- The importance of money and message
- If this campaign victory signals underlying racism among voters, as some have claimed
- Why campaigning everywhere across the commonwealth matters
- How redistricting now will impact campaigns in 2022. Will we have to redo the House races?
- Focusing on three key U.S. House of Representative races – 2nd, 7th, and 10th – and whether the GOP has a chance to win. And,
- The 2021 Republican Advance. It is being held December 3-4 at the Homestead and party cohesion.
- Republican Party of Virginia
- Virginia Public Access Project – Election Overview
- RNC chair Ronna McDaniel says ‘successful’ Virginia get-out-the-vote effort a ‘test run’ for 2022 midterms
“Virginia was a great test run for next year and it was successful,” McDaniel said in an interview with Fox News on Friday night, as she attended the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting in Las Vegas.
“We had 120 staff on the ground. We had 13 offices and we were really, really, effective at finding unexpected votes. We found 100,000 unexpected voters, which was a key factor in winning.”
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