WASHINGTON — On the eve of Virginia’s primary day, state Democrats are announcing they will contest a record number of seats in this November’s general election. Democrats will field candidates in at least 35 of the state’s 40 Senate races and 90 of the state’s 100 House races.
“The record number of Democrats running across Virginia is yet another sign of the incredible enthusiasm our party is harnessing as we head into this November’s election,” said Jessica Post, executive director of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. “As we saw in 2017’s record gains, the map is expanding for Democrats and we’re more competitive in districts across the state.”
Democrats need to flip just two seats in each chamber to win total control of the General Assembly for the first time since 1995. Today’s announcement follows last week’s news that Democrats again outraised Republicans by more than a million dollars in the latest financial reporting period covering April and May.
“The general election begins on Tuesday night and Virginia Democrats start with a clear advantage,” Post said. “Republicans are on complete defense, not even pretending they have a chance to expand their majority. They’re wrong on women’s rights, they’re wrong on health care, they’re wrong to stand with Trump against Virginians — and this November, they’ll pay the price.”