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Outspent 7:1, Democrats Pull Major Upset Victory in PW County!

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Wow, the “Trump effect” is real (Democrat Jackie Smith 13,905-Republican Jackson Miller 11,871 for PW County Clerk of Court despite being outspent $235k-$36k, or 7:1)! Can’t wait ’til November. 🙂

P.S. I’m told that Rep. Gerry Connolly paid for one of Jackie Smith’s mailers. That really could have made the difference, along with all the door knockers, phone bankers, etc. Thanks to Rep. Connolly for that!  Also, thanks to AG Mark Herring for doing a robocall on Jackie Smith’s behalf. And, of course, great work by all the door knockers, phone bankers, bloggers, organizers, activists, elected officials (e.g., Tim Kaine phone banked for Smith), candidates (e.g., both Ralph Northam and Tom Perriello phone banked and/or door knocked for Smith; see Fairfax Dems’ Executive Director Frank Anderson’s comment below the DPVA statement), former candidates (e.g., my friend Atif Qarni), the PW County Democratic Committee, etc. for Jackie Smith.

P.P.S. Now, a seriously wounded Del. Jackson Miller limps back to try and defend his House of Delegates seat against (UPDATE: first, Miller might have to defend his seat against Republican Hal Parrish, although I’ve heard that the two of them struck a deal that if Miller lost the Clerk race, Parrish would step aside…stay tuned) Democratic nominee Lee Carter. Go Lee!

UPDATE: Lovin’ this statement by the Democratic Party of Virginia.

DPVA Statement on Special Election Victory in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. – Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker tonight issued the following statement on the special election for the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Prince William County, the City of Manassas, and the City of Manassas Park:

“Tonight’s victory is further testament to the rising tide of the resistance. Jackie Smith’s victory is a referendum on Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Richmond. Virginia Democrats are energized and organized, and tonight we outperformed a state legislator with more than four times as much money as our nominee. This is the beginning of the end: the age of Trump didn’t even last 100 days.

“Jackie waged an extraordinary effort in her campaign for a fair, efficient and responsive Clerk of Court. As an attorney, she logged thousands of pro bono hours and delivered quality legal services to her clients regardless of their ability to pay. We are the party of hardworking people fighting for hardworking people, and no one better embodies those ideals than Jackie Smith. We celebrate her pivotal victory tonight, and we look forward to returning to our fight tomorrow.”

Fairfax Dems Executive Director Frank Anderson writes in the comments section:

I was impressed by how so many of the House of Delegates campaigns, all of whom are facing tough contests later this year, committed so much of their time to organizing volunteer events for this election. Rarely have I seen such an effort.

Without having been on the ground there, but having helped from across the Occoquan, I would like to recognize these folks for helping out! Sorry if I’ve missed anyone:

Lee Carter, candidate for Delegate
Elizabeth Guzman, candidate for Delegate
Ken A. Boddye, candidate for Delegate
Hala Ayala, candidate for De legate
Danica Roem, candidate for Delegate
Mansimran Kahlon,candidate for Delegate
Sara Townsend, candidate for Delegate
Josh King, candidate for Delegate
Jennifer Carroll Foy, candidate for Delegate

Also thanks to these individuals and groups:
Prince William County and Manassas/Manassas Park Democratic Committees
Ryan Sawyers, School Board Chairman
Atif Qarni, political leader and former candidate for Delegate
George Mason Democrats (had to put in a shout out for my alma mater)

  • DPVA Statement on Special Election Victory in Virginia

    RICHMOND, Va. – Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker tonight issued the following statement on the special election for the Clerk of the Circuit Court in Prince William County, the City of Manassas, and the City of Manassas Park:

    “Tonight’s victory is further testament to the rising tide of the resistance. Jackie Smith’s victory is a referendum on Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Richmond. Virginia Democrats are energized and organized, and tonight we outperformed a state legislator with more than four times as much money as our nominee. This is the beginning of the end: the age of Trump didn’t even last 100 days.

    “Jackie waged an extraordinary effort in her campaign for a fair, efficient and responsive Clerk of Court. As an attorney, she logged thousands of pro bono hours and delivered quality legal services to her clients regardless of their ability to pay. We are the party of hardworking people fighting for hardworking people, and no one better embodies those ideals than Jackie Smith. We celebrate her pivotal victory tonight, and we look forward to returning to our fight tomorrow.”

  • Hahahaha, lovin’ this by Virginia Republican Brian Schoeneman.

    http://bluevirginia.us/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/schoenemanjackiesmith.jpg

  • BlueinVA

    I got a robocall for Jackie last night from Tim Kaine. Everybody was in on this race.

  • frankoanderson

    I was impressed by how so many of the House of Delegates campaigns, all of whom are facing tough contests later this year, committed so much of their time to organizing volunteer events for this election. Rarely have I seen such an effort.
    Without having been on the ground there, but having helped from across the Occoquan, I would like to recognize these folks for helping out! Sorry if I’ve missed anyone:

    Lee Carter, candidate for Delegate
    Elizabeth Guzman, candidate for Delegate
    Ken A. Boddye, candidate for Delegate
    Hala Ayala, candidate for Delegate
    Danica Roem, candidate for Delegate
    Mansimran Kahlon,candidate for Delegate
    Sara Townsend, candidate for Delegate
    Josh King, candidate for Delegate
    Jennifer Carroll Foy, candidate for Delegate

    Also thanks to these individuals and groups:
    Prince William County and Manassas/Manassas Park Democratic Committees
    Ryan Sawyers, School Board Chairman
    Atif Qarni, political leader and former candidate for Delegate
    George Mason Democrats (had to put in a shout out for my alma mater)

  • State Sen. Scott Surovell, who represents parts of PW County, listed a few key points from last night’s Smith victory:

    – Initial numbers suggest Jackie was outspent 7 to 1 in the race – $235K to $36K
    – Over 60% of Jackie’s 2,034 vote-margin (before absentees) came out of the 36th District – 1,299 votes.
    – Absentee turnout was way up – nearly 2,000 votes or 8% were cast early – that is unheard of in special elections.
    – Jackie won the absentee vote by 20% while only winning the County by 10% – in other words, Democrats were motivated.

  • Jackson Miller statement last night:

    I just spoke to Jacqueline Smith to congratulate her on her victory in the Clerk of Court special election. While I am disappointed with tonight’s results, I am grateful to the thousands of residents of Prince William County, Manassas, and Manassas Park who have volunteered, encouraged me, and voted today. I am immensely grateful for your support and friendship.

    I have spent my entire adult life in service to my country and this community. It is a honor to serve you, and my dedication to continuing to make this region the best place to live, work, and raise a family will remain just as strong moving forward.

  • John Farrell

    I’m hearing that Jackie’s campaign manager had a great GOTV strategy. Who is this person?

    Let’s have an interview so that the HOD candidates can go to school on Jackie’s success!