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Live Blog: Virginia Election Results 2017


UPDATE (10:41 pm): One last comment from the evening comes from Ben Tribbett – “We won’t know for sure for a couple days but appears most likely outcome is Democrats win VA House with a 51-49 majority.”

UPDATE (10:23 pm): With 99.61% of precincts reporting, just for the record: Ralph Northam defeated “Enron Ed” Gillespie and his despicable, disgraceful, Trumpist campaign from hell by 9 points (53.9%-44.95%); Justin Fairfax defeated Jill “Government-Forced, Mandatory Transvaginal Ultrasounds” Vogel by 5.4 points (52.7%-47.3%); and Mark Herring was reelected as AG over John “Not THAT John Adams” Adams by 6.5 points (53.2%-46.7%). An absolute trouncing, smackdown, demolition, whatever else you want to call it, and it’s largely thanks to the Orange Gropenfuhrer and his cowardly Republican lackeys and bootlicker (Paul Ryan, Mitch McConnell, etc.). So how’s that all working out for you, a**holes? It will be VERY interesting to see how Congressional Republicans process this one, whether they change their deplorable behavior, or whether they prefer to suffer the same fate in November 2018 as their Virginia brethren just suffered in November 2017. They can start by ditching their insane, extremist policy agenda – tax cuts for the rich, gutting the Endangered Species Act, you name it. Also, a bunch of them, such as our own Bob BADlatte, might really want to “spend more time with their families” and take that well-earned retirement. Just sayin’…

UPDATE (9:38 pm): Ben Tribbett tweets, “Major projection, the House of Delegates will not be decided tonight, and will go into recounts to decide control”

UPDATE (9:10 pm): Ben Tribbett tweets, “Wendy Gooditis has defeated Randy Minchew, 13th Democratic pickup of the night. 47D, 44R, 9 seats left to call.”

UPDATE (9:02 pm): Ben Tribbett tweets, “. wins- 12th Democratic pickup of night- now 46D, 43R and 11 seats not yet called.” In HD-40, Democrat Donte Tanner leads Republican Del. Tim Hugo 13,305-13,180 with 21/23 precincts reporting – just absentees and provisionals outstanding, which means it looks like a huge upset here is highly likely.

UPDATE (8:56 pm): With 87% of precincts counted, it’s now Northam by nearly 8 points, Fairfax by more than 4 points and Herring by nearly 6 points. Still plenty of “blue” to come in, too. By the way, congratulations to Erik Gutshall and Monique O’Grady, elected to Arlington’s County Board and School Board, respectively. And it’s looking good for Courtney Lynch in Henrico County, as she currently leads for Board of Supervisors (Brookland District) by 9,948-8,122 with 13/16 precincts reporting.

UPDATE (8:52 pm): Ben Tribbett has called both Justin Fairfax for LG and Mark Herring for AG, and I agree – congratulations to both! Ben has also called VanValkenburg, Debra Rodman and Kelly Fowler, which gives Democrats 10 (ten!) House of Delegates pickups so far tonight. Ben adds, “45D, 43 R with 12 seats left to go- real chance of House of Delegates flipping” Un. Be. Lieve. Able.

UPDATE (8:40 pm): Just got distracted by a phone call from my friend Atif Qarni, definitely one of the heroes of this cycle and a rising star in PW County (and beyond)? Anyway, back to the updates on this historic, amazing “Blue Virginia” night.  Could Kelly Fowler (D) actually beat Del. Ron Villanueva in HD-21? It sure looks possible right now, as Fowler leads Villanueva 9,614-8,348 with 15/20 precincts reporting. Could Democrat Larry Barnett defeat Del. Roxann Robinson in HD-27? Quite possibly, as Robinson leads by just 4 (four!) votes, with 1 precinct (and a recount)? remaining. Could Democrat Donte Tanner defeat Del. Tim Hugo (R)? Well, right now, Tanner leads 10,728-10,145 with 18/23 precincts reporting! Could Dawn Adams (D) defeat Del. Manoli Loupassi in HD-68? Right now, Adams leads Loupassi 16,717-16,643 with 23/29 precincts reporting. Could Schuyler T. VanValkenburg (D) defeat Edward S. Whitlock III (R)? Right now, VanValkenburg leads 14,297-13,211 with 25/28 precincts reporting. Could Debra H. Rodman (D) defeat Del. John O’Bannon (R)?  Sure looks like it, as Rodman leads O’Bannon 13,897-12,972 with 22/23 precincts reporting! Could Veronica R. Coleman (D) defeat Glenn R. Davis, Jr. (R) in HD-84? Right now Coleman leads 8,697-7,991 with 15/18 precincts reporting. Could Cheryl B. Turpin (D) defeat Del. Rocky Holcomb (R) in HD-85? Right now, Turpin leads 10,020-9,711 with 15/18 precincts reporting. Could Shelly A. Simonds defeat Del. David E. Yancey (R) in HD-94? Right now, Simonds leads 7,701-7,368 with 15/24 precincts reporting.

UPDATE (8:30 pm): With 73% of precincts reporting, it’s now Northam by 6 points; Fairfax 51%-Vogel 49% and Herring 52%-Adams 48%. Those leads should only widen as the night goes by. As for the House of Delegates, Wendy Gooditis (D) continues to lead Del. Randy Minchew (R) in HD-10, 12,599-10,426, with 24/30 precincts reporting.  Chris Hurst (D) leads Del. Joseph Yost (R) 7,507-4,683 in HD-12 with 20/35 precincts reporting. In HD-21, with 15/20 precincts reporting, it’s Kelly Fowler (D) 9,614-Del. Ron Villaneuva (R) 8,348.

UPDATE (8:22 pm): With 66.6% of precincts reporting, Ralph Northam has padded his lead over race-baiting “Enron Ed” to 5 points. For LG, it’s Justin Fairfax 50.69%-Jill Vogel 49.24%; for AG, it’s Mark Herring 51.28%-Adams 48.65%. As for the House of Delegates, Ben Tribbett tweets, “Hala Ayala has defeated Rich Anderson for 8th Democratic pickup of the night.” And several other pickup possibilities are out there – amazing.

UPDATE (8:18 pm): Waldo Jaquith tweets, “Democrats—led in this effort by —are flipping seats left and right in the Virginia House tonight.” Let me just take a moment to say how amazing Tom Perriello’s efforts were in this election, and also how unusual – when is the last time you can remember a defeated candidate brushing himself off, getting up, going out and working just as hard for OTHERS – including his primary opponent – as he would have for himself? And you know what? Even if there’s some self interest in that, who cares? It’s still amazing. Thank you Tom Perriello, a huge “winner” in this election cycle.

UPDATE (8:16 pm): Ben Tribbett tweets, “Elizabeth Guzman has defeated Scott Lingamfelter, 5th Democratic pickup of night. 37D, 33R, 30 seats left to go.” and “Kathy Tran has won the open 42nd seat, 6th Democratic pickup of night. 38D, 33R and 29 seats left to go.”

UPDATE (8:14 pm): Nate Cohn tweets, “Ralph Northam is the projected winner in Virginia, according to the AP. He is on track to win by a decisive, 8 point margin, according to our estimates.” Congratulations to Governor-elect Northam!

UPDATE (8:13 pm): Ha, RTD reporter Patrick Wilson tweets, “The AP has called Democratic Socialist Lee Carter the winner over GOP Del. Jackson Miller in Manassas.”

UPDATE (8:07 pm): Back to the House of Delegates, Chris Hurst (D) is leading Del. Joseph Yost (R) in HD-12 by 3,811-2,763, with 10/35 precincts counted. Democrat Kelly Fowler leads slimeball Del. Ron Villanueva (R) 7,284-6,589 with 12/20 precincts reporting in HD-21. Oh, and so much for Republican Subba Kolla being competitive against Del. John Bell (D); Bell is crushing Kolla by a 62%-38% margin with 27/29 precincts reporting. Ben Tribbett tweets, “Elizabeth Guzman has defeated Scott Lingamfelter, 5th Democratic pickup of night. 37D, 33R, 30 seats left to go.” And Dave Weigel tweets, “Dem gains in the Virginia House of Delegates are at the far upper end of projections. Just a brutal kicking for Rs all over NoVa.” Wow.

UPDATE (8:03 pm): With 46% of precincts reporting, it’s Northam 551,551-Gillespie 508,996; Fairfax 533,310-Vogel 525,062; Herring 536,797-Adams 520,442. Nate Cohn reports, “Massive turnout. Running 8 percent higher ahead of our estimates, which were 8 percent ahead of 13! Could be heading for nearly 2.7 million votes.” Cohn adds, “It’s Northam’s night,” and “Our best guess is that Mr. Northam is currently on track to win the election.”

UPDATE (7:57 pm): Whoa, another Democratic pickup, David Reid (D) 15,530-Del Tag Greason (R) 10,828 with 23 of 24 precincts reporting in HD-32! And another whoa – Democrat Lee Carter appears to have defeated far-right Del. Jackson Miller in HD-50 (with 15/16 precincts reporting, Carter leads 10,850-9,037). Amazing. And if all that’s not good enough news, it looks like Hala Ayala (D) is going to beat Del. Rich Anderson (R), as she leads 11,529-9,936 with 18/22 precincts reporting. Something tells me other Democratic House of Delegates pickups are coming before this night is out – hold onto your hats! (Ben Tribbett tweets: “There is going to be a huge Democratic pickup in the House tonight if early returns hold.”)

UPDATE (7:52 pm): With 21 of 30 precincts reporting, Democrat Wendy Gooditis leads Del. Randy Minchew in HD-10 by a 6,147-4,499 margin. Go Gooditis! And in HD-27, with 21/22 precincts reporting, it’s Larry V. Barnett (D) leading Roxann L. Robinson (R) 8,573-8,501. That would be a great victory for the blue team right there! Also, in HD-31, Elizabeth Guzman (D) is beating Del.  Scott Lingamfelter (R) 10,416-8,617 with 18/26 precincts reporting. Not looking good for Lingamfelter and his hate-filled campaign.

UPDATE (7:48 pm): As expected, Jennifer Carroll Foy (78%-22%) is crushing her Republican opponent for House of Delegates in the 2nd district with 9/23 precincts reporting. Congratulations to Delegate-elect Jennifer Carroll Foy! 🙂  And in HD-13, Democrat Danica Roem leads far-right Republican nutjob Del. “Sideshow Bob” Marshall 9,656-8,410 with 17 of 20 precincts reporting. This one looks OVER, with most provisional ballots remaining. Congratulations to the first transgender Virginia delegate – history is made! 🙂

UPDATE (7:45 pm): With 29% of precincts reporting, it’s Northam 50.54%-Gillespie 48.38%; Vogel 50.19%-Fairfax 49.76%; Herring 50.07%-Adams 49.88%. Wait until the deep-blue areas start coming in. Ben Tribbett tweets, “Calling the Governor’s race at 7:34- will be the 73rd Governor of Virginia.” I have no reason to disagree with that call!

UPDATE (7:41 pm): With 627 precincts (24.4%) now reporting, it’s Northam 50.92%-Gillespie 48.00%; Fairfax 50.01%-Vogel 49.94%; Herring 50.16%-Adams 49.78%. Interesting how similar the three Dems’ percentages are; looks like most people these days vote straight “R” or straight “D,” not much ticket splitting at the top, anyway. We’ll see about House of Delegates races…

UPDATE (7:35 pm): With 497 precincts reporting, it’s Northam 50.14%-Gillespie 48.78%; Vogel 51.03%-Fairfax 48.91%; Adams 50.35%-Herring 49.59%. Almost nothing yet from Fairfax County, Richmond City, Charlottesville and other deep-blue areas. Dave Wasserman tweets, “This is looking like a pretty early night, folks,” as “illespie’s getting the support level he needs, but not the turnout he needs” in deep-red parts of Virginia. Sad, eh?

UPDATE (7:30 pm): With 287 precincts reporting, it’s Gillespie 49.87%-Northam 49.05%; Vogel 52.02%-Fairfax 47.92%; Adams 51.54%- Herring 48.41%. Looks like Chesterfield County went by a slim margin (49.90%-48.95%) to Gillespie; compare to 49%-41% Cooch four years ago. That doesn’t bode well at all for Gillespie. According to Nate Cohn of the NY Times, “At this stage, it is fair to say that Northam has the advantage. Not enough information to make a call, though.” His model has Northam +4.2 points.

UPDATE (7:22 pm): With 69 of 2,566 precincts reporting, it’s Ralph Northam 50.05%- Ed Gillespie 48.82%; Jill Vogel 50.35%-Justin Fairfax 49.59%; and John Adams 50.46%-Mark Herring 49.47%.

UPDATE (7:14 pm): CNN exit poll info — “Vote among women in Virginia via exit polls –> 2017: Northam +19 2016: Clinton +17 2014: Warner +12 2013: McAuliffe +9″ Also, from : “CNN Exit Poll | VIRGINIA Race: White (68%): 59-40 Gillespie Black (20%): 86-13 Northam Hispanic (6%): 62-35 Northam Education: College grad (59%): 58-41 Northam Non-college grad (41%): 55-43 Gillespie”  “exit has northam at 40% w white voters. hrc had 35%, mcauliffe had 36%”   “Prelim exits have winning an eye-popping 66% of (under-30). Literally same % that Obama got in 2008. So proud of ‘s whole team.”


As always, I’ll be live blogging Virginia’s election results as they come in tonight, with results from the State Board of Elections, VPAP, the Fairfax County Board of Elections, etc.

The main races I’ll be focusing on, other than the statewides (Governor, LG, AG), are the following 19 competitive House of Delegates races: District 2 (Jennifer Carroll Foy vs. Mike Makee), District 10 (Wendy Gooditis vs. Del. Randy Minchew), District 12 (Chris Hurst vs. Del. Joseph Yost), District 13 (Danica Roem vs. Del. “Sideshow Bob” Marshall), District 21 (Kelly Fowler vs. Del. Ron Villaneuva), District 31 (Elizabeth Guzman vs. Del. Scott Lingamfelter), District 32 (David Reid vs. Del. Tag Greason), District 40 (Donte Tanner vs. Del. Tim Hugo), District 42 (Kathy Tran vs. Lolita Mancheno-Smoak), District 50 (Lee Carter vs. Del. Jackson Miller), District 51 (Hala Ayala vs. Del. Rich Anderson), District 67 (Karrie Delaney vs. Del. Jim LeMunyon), District 68 (Dawn Adams vs. Del. Manoli Loupassi), District 72 (Schuyler VanValkenburg vs. Eddie Whitlock), District 73 (Debra Rodman vs. Del. John O’Bannon), District 85 (Cheryl Turpin vs. Del. Rocky Holcomb), District 87 (Del. John Bell vs. Subba Kolla), District 93 (Del. Mike Mullin vs. Heather Cordasco), District 94 (Shelly Simonds vs. Del. David Yancey), District 100 (Willie Randall vs. Del. Rob Bloxom).

Heading into election day, the consensus seems to be that Democrats will pick up open-seat, “Hillary Clinton Districts” 2 and 42; hold Districts 87 and 93; battle it out in Districts 12, 13, 31, 32, 67, 94 and possibly in Districts 21, 40, 50, 51, 72, 73 and 85. I’d say a good night for Democrats would be sweeping all three statewide races (we’d better not lose any of them), plus picking up 3 or more House of Delegates seats. A very good night for Democrats would be sweeping the three statewides plus picking up 5-6 House of Delegates seats. An excellent night would get us to a pickup of 7+ House of Delegates seats, while a “wave” election would see Virginia Dems picking up 10 or more House seats.

Finally, here are a few numbers to keep in mind as results start coming in tonight:

1) Statewide turnout in 2013 was 2.2 million, with 306k in solidly blue Fairfax County, 108k in purple Virginia Beach City, 105k in purplish/red Chesterfield County, 104k in increasingly blue Henrico County, 97k in blue-leaning Prince William County, 90k in purple-ish Loudoun County, 68k in deep-blue Arlington County, 63k in purple Chesapeake City, 59k in deep-blue Richmond City, 46k in deep-blue Norfolk City, 42k in solidly blue Newport News City, 41k in deep-blue Alexandria, 39k in deep-red Hanover County, 37k in deep-blue Hampton City, 34k in solidly red Stafford County, 32k in solidly red Spotsylvania County, 31k in strongly red Roanoke County, 26k in deep-blue Portsmouth City, 24k in blue-leaning Suffolk City, 22k in blue-leaning Roanoke City, and 22k in deep-red Rockingham County.

2) See here for a Google doc with turnout from the June 2017 Virginia Democratic and Republican primaries, plus turnout ratios by jurisdiction. It will be interesting to see how the ratios hold up (or not) tonight, both statewide (in June, 50% more voters opted for Democratic over Republican ballots) and in specific jurisdictions (e.g., will Democrats see a 5.5:1 ratio in Arlington County? a 7:1:1 ratio in Richmond City? a 2.4:1 ratio in Fairfax County? a 3.9:1 ratio in Norfolk? a 3.6:1 ratio in Albemarle County? will Republicans see big ratios – and big numbers – in places like Hanover County, Stafford County, Spotsylvania County, and of course in deep-red Southwest Virginia and Shenandoah counties like Tazewell, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Roanoke County, etc.?)

3) The latest polling heading into election day can be seen here: Northam up 9 points in Quinnipiac University’s final poll; Northam up 5 points in Fox’s and the Washington Post/Schar School’s final poll; Northam up 6 points in CNU’s final poll; tied in Rasmussen and Roanoke College final polls, etc. Clearly, someone’s going to be very wrong here and others are going to be very right. Stay tuned…

4) As Arlington Dem extraordinaire Matt Weinstein points out:

Gentle reminder to all my Virginia politicos with short memories and non-Virginia political neophytes watching tonight’s results that the results will come out in this order:

1. Rural Virginia (dark red)
2. Hampton Roads (purple)
3. Richmond and the burbs (purple)
4. Arlington/Alexandria (dark blue)
5. Loudoun and Prince William (light blue)
6. Fairfax (blue)


  • LibertarianDemocrat
  • SFH435

    Does anybody think the House of Delegates races in rural areas with democratic challengers will affect Northam’s showing in SWVA?

    • JWS

      I was in Martinsville and Henry County during the weekend where incumbent Republicans Marshall, Poindexter and Adams are unopposed. The districts are so Gillespie-mandered that challengers would face almost insurmountable odds.

      Might hurt Ralph.

  • LibertarianDemocrat

    #ElectionDayCNN Exit Poll | VIRGINIA Income: Northam strongest among middle class ><50k (24%): 52-45 Northam 50k-100k (32%): 59-39 Northam >100k (44%): 51-48 Northam— Alex Honeker 🌐 (@alexhoneker) November 8, 2017

  • C L

    Bonnie Bre in Fairfax is the first to report. Northam did far better than TMac both in numbers and by percentage. I am running the calculations now.

    • C L

      Northam got 69% of the vote there as compared to TMac’s 59%. He received 852 votes as compared to TMac’s 593. It’s just one precinct but it does’t fit the narrative of Gillespie doing so much better in NoVa because he’s a “better fit.”

  • LibertarianDemocrat
    • LibertarianDemocrat

      Exit polls are promising.

  • LibertarianDemocrat


    Though exit polls look good, they’ve been wrong before.


  • JWS

    In Albemarle’s Free Union Precinct, it was 49.5 for Terry.

    This year it’s 55.6 to Ralph.

    • C L

      That’s also better than Clinton’s performance and consistent with a large margin in Albemarle (around 20%). Albemarle is usually only a few points more GOP than Fairfax.

  • lardrew
    • LibertarianDemocrat

      Hahaha, jinx.

    • LibertarianDemocrat

      In all seriousness, this dude is usually right on these things.

  • Landon

    Is the House of Delegates in play? This is so much better than I could have hoped.

    • notjohnsmosby

      No but there will be a large gain of Dems.

    • John Farrell

      yes it is

  • lardrew
    • LibertarianDemocrat

      God is Just.

  • Anthony Shifflett

    I love the fact that Danica won. She’s my delegate.

    • LibertarianDemocrat


  • Guus

    Thanks for all the updates Lowell! A great way to stay informed, as always.

  • lardrew

    Not gonna jinx it. But this could be an INCREDIBLE night for Democrats in Virginia. The impossible is beginning to look possible.

  • Ben Kyber

    Here in Richmond, it looks like John O’Bannon has lost, and Loupassi is in real trouble. I think the latter was perhaps on the edge of being considered a competitive district. Don’t think the former was on anyone’s radar. O’Bannon ran unopposed last time. This is quite a night for the blue team.

  • Heatherfeather

    Yessss!!!! Happy dance

  • Chris

    Party time!!!!!

  • Brendan

    Perriello needs to run candidate recruitment for DCCC. Most important job in the coming months.

  • TedMeyer91

    Debra Rodman is up on John O’Bannon by a sizable margin. Haven’t heard much talk about it.

  • Norman

    I just read that trump is tweeting from overseas that it is gillespie’s fault that he lost because he didn’t embrace trump! LOL

  • Arlington County Elects Democrats by Voting in Record Numbers in Non-Presidential Election

    Arlington, VA – November 7, 2017 — Arlington voted in record numbers today for Democratic leadership. At the state level, Arlington helped elect Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, and Mark Herring in a statewide sweep. Closer to home, Arlington Democrats elected Erik Gutshall for County Board and Monique O’Grady for School Board. Arlington’s House of Delegates members Mark Levine, Alfonso Lopez, Patrick Hope and Rip Sullivan were also all reelected.

    The thousands of volunteer hours Arlington County Democratic Committee, the Virginia Democratic Party, and Arlington’s progressive grassroots organizations spent registering voters, knocking on doors, and making calls sends a strong message endorsing Democratic leadership. Arlingtonians voted in record numbers in person and via absentee voting, demonstrating that they have a clear idea of where Virginia should go – and it’s not the way of Donald Trump and current national policies.

    Monique O’Grady said, “This has been a stellar night across Virginia! I am humbled to have earned the trust of Arlington voters and look forward to serving on the School Board and to working with the great leaders in Arlington and the Commonwealth that are sharing a victorious night. Together we can help all our students succeed in our diverse and inclusive community.”

    Erik Gutshall, who won the seat being vacated by Jay Fisette, said, “Tonight, we rejoice in the knowledge that the true creed of our nation, ‘liberty and justice for all,’ has prevailed in Virginia as we commit ourselves to form a more perfect union where all Virginians have value and opportunity. I am proud to be a part of this historic ticket and I am focused on the future as we work to keep Arlington affordable, create an economy that works for all, and address the school capacity challenge without leaving any student behind.”

    ACDC Chairman Kip Malinosky issued the following statement:

    “Tonight is a tremendous victory for Arlington and Virginia. However, as President Obama once said ‘This victory is not the change we seek, but the chance to make that change.’ We must now work to expand Medicaid, work for women’s reproductive health, invest in better schools, and train the workforce of the future – because yes, we still can.”

  • From the VA House Dems:

    Jennifer Carroll Foy Wins in House District 2
    FAIRFAX, Va. – Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring tonight issued the following statement congratulating Jennifer Carroll Foy on her decisive win over Republican Michael Makee tonight:

    “As a public defender and former foster mother, Jennifer Carroll Foy has worked hard for those who depend on her – both in her personal life and in her community. One of the first women of color to graduate from VMI, Jennifer has a history of of persistence, and we know that she will work for a stronger Virginia for the residents of Prince William and Stafford Counties as Delegate.”

  • From the VA House Dems:

    Hala Ayala Defeats Rich Anderson in District 51
    Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring tonight issued the following statement congratulating Hala Ayala on her win in District 51.

    “As a single mother who credits Medicaid with saving her son’s life, Hala Ayala understands the needs and concerns of modern working families. She has proven her dedication to helping others as a cybersecurity specialist in the Department of Homeland Security, and as an unwavering advocate for women’s rights. We are excited and honored to work with Hala in the General Assembly this coming January.”

  • From the VA House Dems:

    Kathy Tran Wins in House District 42
    FAIRFAX, Va. – Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring tonight issued the following statement congratulating Kathy Tran on her win over Republican Lolita Mancheno-Smoak tonight:

    “Kathy Tran has proven her commitment to Virginia’s working families in her work with both the Department of Labor and the National Immigration Forum. As the daughter of Vietnamese refugees, Kathy’s record of excellent leadership and advocacy is a powerful testament to the American Dream. We congratulate Kathy on her win and are excited to work alongside her in Richmond.”

  • From the VA House Dems:

    Chris Hurst Defeats Delegate Joseph Yost
    FAIRFAX, Va. – Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring tonight issued the following statement congratulating Chris Hurst on his win over Republican Delegate Joseph Yost tonight:

    “As a former TV anchor, Chris Hurst is no stranger to the challenges faced by Southwest Virginians. His commitment to the people who helped him during a time of great tragedy is clear. We congratulate Chris on his win, and we know he will be a vocal advocate for the people of 12th District.”


    In Virginia, Everytown and Moms Demand Action Endorsed Ralph Northam for Governor, Who Won in NRA’s Backyard Despite Gun Lobby’s Seven-Figure Campaign to Defeat Him

    In New Jersey, Everytown and Moms Demand Action Endorsed Phil Murphy for Governor and Sheila Oliver for Lieutenant Governor, Who Won Decisively

    In Wake of Recent Tragedies in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Everytown and Moms Demand Action Vow to Carry Momentum into Unprecedented 2018 Effort to Elect Gun Sense Champions and Defeat Opponents of Gun Safety

    RICHMOND, Va. – The Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown, today declared a clean sweep for gun safety in the 2017 elections as gun-sense candidates Ralph Northam and Phil Murphy won gubernatorial elections in Virginia and New Jersey just two days after the latest mass shooting to shake the nation. The victories show that one thing is clear heading into the 2018 midterm elections: Momentum is on the side of the gun violence prevention movement.
    Gun violence prevention played a prominent role in the Virginia election, where the gubernatorial candidates spoke frequently about their stances on gun safety in debates and forums. They responded to high-profile shootings and incidents including the demonstrations by armed white nationalists in Charlottesville, the shooting at a Congressional baseball practice in Alexandria and the mass shooting in Las Vegas.
    “Make no mistake: Gun violence prevention was on the ballot today and, despite the NRA spending millions, voters in Virginia and New Jersey rejected the gun lobby’s agenda and voted for gun safety,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Heading into 2018, gun safety will be a defining issue of the midterm elections. We are putting candidates on notice: We will tell voters who stands with the American public and who sides with the gun lobby next year through our newly created federal PAC, endorsements and independent expenditures.”
    In Virginia, the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Moms Demand Action endorsed gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam, who ran on gun safety and won, even in the NRA’s backyard. Additionally, Everytown was among Northam’s largest donors, contributing more than $1.3 million to his effort. And, volunteers with the Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action worked tirelessly to get out the vote, attending more than 100 election-related events, knocking on doors and calling neighbors and friends about the importance of electing Northam, who supports common-sense gun violence prevention policies. He persevered in spite of the NRA spending an estimated $1 million against him.
    And, in New Jersey, the Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Moms Demand Action endorsed gubernatorial candidate Murphy and lieutenant governor candidate Sheila Oliver, who ran on gun safety and won. And, volunteers with the New Jersey chapter of Moms Demand Action worked overtime to elect them.
    “Tonight, Americans took action after two back-to-back gun violence tragedies by electing candidates who made common-sense gun safety a priority in their policy platforms,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “In Virginia and New Jersey, candidates ran and won on the issue of gun violence prevention, and thousands of volunteers with Moms Demand Action supported them every step of the way. Throughout the 2018 elections, we’ll keep standing up for candidates who stand with us, and we will defeat lawmakers whose inaction on gun violence is contributing to our gun violence crisis. While Congress continues to sit on its hands, Americans are sending a signal by voting against politicians who prioritize gun lobby profits over people.”

    Just weeks ago, the shooting in Las Vegas – the deadliest in modern American history – elevated gun violence prevention in the race. In the wake of the tragedy, polls clearly showed that people were more inclined to vote for candidates with strong gun violence prevention records. As we turn our attention to 2018, Everytown and Moms Demand Action are ready to once again harness that energy and translate it into electoral wins.
    “It’s been nearly four years since my sister-in-law, Ruthanne, was shot and killed by a stranger who knocked on her door in Alexandria, Virginia,” said Dawnee Giammittorio, member of the Everytown Survivor Network, who volunteered in Virginia. “Ruthanne shared her love of music with children in the community for over four decades, and was a loving mother to my three nieces. It is in her memory that I gave my time working to elect a set of leaders who will fight to make our communities safer.”

  • From the VA House Dems:

    Kelly Fowler Defeats Delegate Ron Villanueva
    FAIRFAX, Va. – Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring tonight issued the following statement congratulating Kelly Fowler on her win over Republican Delegate Ron Villanueva tonight:

    “A Virginia Beach native, Kelly Fowler is well versed in the issues that matter to the 21st district. In advocating for women’s reproductive rights and access to affordable health care, she has proven to be a strong voice for her community. We are excited to have Kelly join us in Richmond, and we know she will be a tireless advocate of behalf of her constituents.”

  • I count a win for at least 13:
    Jennifer Carroll Foy
    Kathy Tran
    David Reid
    Danica Roem for Delegate
    Chris Hurst
    Elizabeth Guzman
    Hala Ayala
    Lee Carter
    Karrie Delaney
    Debra Rodman
    Wendy Gooditis
    Kelly Convirs Fowler (we’re ahead! but only 75% reporting)
    Schuyler Van Valkenburg
    We can still win up to 6 more. And we’re ahead in 4. We only need 4 for the majority:
    Dawn M Adams (we’re ahead by 300 votes; 90% reporting)
    Cheryl Turpin (we’re ahead by 67 votes. Two precincts to report.)
    Donte Tanner (ahead by 100 votes. Two precincts to report.)
    Veronica Coleman (we’re ahead by 100 votes. Two precincts to report)
    Shelly Simonds (behind by 50 votes. One precinct left to report)
    Larry Barnett (down by 100 votes, with one precinct left to count)

  • From the VA House Dems:

    Wendy Gooditis Defeats Delegate Randy Minchew
    FAIRFAX, Va. – Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring tonight issued the following statement congratulating Wendy Gooditis on her win over Delegate Randy Minchew tonight:

    “Wendy Gooditis understands the importance of a strong education system and a thriving community. In addition to her commitment to education, Wendy has been a tireless advocate for affordable health care for all Virginians. We are thrilled to welcome Wendy to Richmond and know that she will serve the people of her district well.”

  • From the VA House Dems:

    Karrie Delaney Defeats Delegate Jim LeMunyon in District 67
    Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring tonight issued the following statement congratulating Karrie Delaney on her victory over Delegate Jim LeMunyon tonight:

    “Karrie Delaney’s campaign has reflected her experience advocating on behalf of Fairfax’s most vulnerable populations and services they rely on. Her commitment to the needs of her fellow Virginians is clear, and we look forward to working alongside her as she serves as their voice in Richmond.”

  • From the VA House Dems:

    Schuyler VanValkenburg Wins in House District 72

    FAIRFAX, Va. – Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring tonight issued the following statement congratulating Schuyler VanValkenburg on his win over Republican Eddie Whitlock tonight:
    “As a high school civics teacher, Schuyler VanValkenburg has long been an advocate for educational excellence in Virginia. We recognize his commitment to a more equitable Commonwealth, and we are thrilled to welcome him into the Virginia House Democratic Caucus.”

  • Mark Herring Elected To Second Term As Virginia’s Attorney General

    Attorney General Herring issued the following statement after winning election to a second term as Virginia’s Attorney General:

    Tonight, the people of Virginia have sent an unmistakable message that will be heard across this nation. We have rejected a politics of fear and division in favor of a Commonwealth that strives for justice, equality, and opportunity for all Virginians. The people of Virginia have said loud and clear that their attorney general should always be on the side of the people.

    Virginians were asked to embrace the politics of fear and division and we chose a better path.

    The voters looked at the results of 2016 and said we need to set the ship right. Today, Virginians said ‘this is the way back.’

    The last four years have been a time of incredible progress for our Commonwealth, and I have been so proud to be a part of it.

    Working under the leadership of our great Governor Terry McAuliffe, we have begun the hard work of building a new Virginian economy.

    Working alongside Governor Northam and Lieutenant Governor Fairfax, we will govern as we ran—as a team, working to fulfil the promise of our great Commonwealth.</blockquote.

  • Lee Carter Defeats Delegate Jackson Miller
    FAIRFAX, Va. – Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring tonight issued the following statement congratulating Lee Carter on his decisive win over Republican Jackson Miller tonight:

    “Lee Carter has been a strong progressive in his fight to support working families in Northern Virginia. As a Marine Corps veteran and an activist, Lee has built his career on helping others.We are proud to work with Lee as he fights for his constituents in the General Assembly.”

  • From the VA House Dems:

    Danica Roem Defeats Delegate Bob Marshall
    FAIRFAX, Va. – Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring tonight issued the following statement congratulating Danica Roem on her decisive win over Republican Delegate Bob Marshall tonight:

    “As a journalist, Danica Roem has covered the issues critical to Virginians and listened to a wide range of perspectives. During her campaign, Danica expanded this approach by listening to area residents’ concerns and making them integral to her own policy platform. Danica will bring a reporter’s eye to Richmond, and we eagerly anticipate her results-oriented approach to deliver for her constituents in the 13th.”

  • From the VA House Dems:

    Elizabeth Guzman Defeats Delegate Scott Lingamfelter
    FAIRFAX, Va. – Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring tonight issued the following statement congratulating Elizabeth Guzman on her decisive win over Republican Scott Lingamfelter tonight:

    “Elizabeth Guzman has proudly served Prince William County in the public sector for ten years, and knows the challenges that many in the 31st District face every day. Elizabeth has worked hard as an immigrant and single mother, and we know that she will bring that same tireless commitment to her duties as delegate.”

  • From the VA House Dems:

    David Reid Wins in House District 32
    FAIRFAX, Va. – Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring tonight issued the following statement congratulating David Reid on his decisive win over Republican Tag Greason tonight:

    “David Reid has served the people of Virginia and his district as both a small business owner and a member of the US Navy Reserve. He is dedicated to the betterment of his community, and we know that he will serve his district well as Delegate, fighting for access to affordable health care and women’s reproductive rights.”

  • Tom Perez on Gubernatorial Victories in Virginia and New Jersey

    “Tonight, Americans voted their values by electing Democrats in Virginia, New Jersey, and across the country. The DNC made historic investments – we put boots on the ground and organized early; we didn’t wait until a few weeks before Election Day. And we didn’t do this alone: we worked throughout the year with our progressive allies and state parties to deliver these victories.

    “That’s why voters showed up and elected leaders who will create new jobs, grow the economy, improve our schools, and make health care a right for all instead of a privilege for a few. Make no mistake: Ralph Northam and Phil Murphy won tonight because voters know that Democrats share their values of inclusion and opportunity. The new DNC demonstrated its commitment to organizing for our values.

    “Voters also rejected a Trump-Pence agenda that would take health care away from millions, cut taxes for millionaires and corporations at the expense of the middle class, and fuel bigotry and division at a time when our country needs unity.

    “Tonight’s success is just the beginning. We believe that every zip code counts, and we will organize 365 days a year against a Republican Party that always caters to Wall Street instead of Main Street. That’s how we will keep winning elections from the school board to the Oval Office.”

  • Fairfax, Va. – Congressman Donald McEachin (VA-04) issued this statement following the successful election of Northam, Fairfax, Herring, and several state representatives:

    “I want to congratulate my good friends Ralph, Justin and Mark on their victories this evening. Virginians came together to elect progressive Democrats to lead our Commonwealth past the dark clouds of divisiveness and bigotry that have loomed over our country this past year. Their victories demonstrate that using old tired dated arguments of division will not work in Virginia.

    “I thank Governor McAuliffe and his wife Dorothy for their hard work, dedication, and leadership during their time in the Governor’s Mansion. I look forward to working with the Northam Administration at the federal level to ensure that the values and priorities of my constituents – and all Virginians – are met.

    “I also want to congratulate all the Democrats elected to serve in the House of Delegates. As a former state legislator, I know the importance of good representation in Richmond. I am so proud of all the Democrats who won and those who ran.

  • Statement from Justin Fairfax on Being Elected Virginia’s Next Lieutenant Governor

    ARLINGTON, Virginia– This election showed that Virginians believe in our unified vision for the Commonwealth, not one based on fear-mongering and division. That positive vision is the one we’ll go to Richmond with — and the one that we’re going to spend the next four years making a reality. But this is only the beginning.

    It’s time to deliver on the promises we made during this campaign. So I’m ready to spend the next four years making sure that our Commonwealth is one where everyone has the opportunity to rise by helping Virginians prepare for and secure higher-paying jobs, working to bring greater economic security to our state, restructuring student loan debt, expanding access to healthcare, defending constitutional rights, and both making communities safer and ending the school to prison pipeline.

    I’m ready to get started on those issues and more as your next Lieutenant Governor.

  • Christopher Nye

    In the Valley Bell and Landes did not have the run-away wins they have enjoyed in the past. Go Brent Finnegan though there is too much of Rockingham County to report I fear.

  • I count 13 wins
    + 2 likely = 15

    + 2, where we’re ahead by 100 votes or so
    and 1 we lost by 12 votes (heading for recount)
    and 1 we are behind by 100 votes.

    This is teetering on majority.

    • Verrry close. And things are going to get verrrrry interesting in the House of Delegates starting….right now!

  • C L

    What happens if there’s a 50-50 split in the HoD? Does the LG break the tie?

    • No, the LG presides over the State Senate (and breaks ties there), not over the House of Delegates.

      • C L

        Okay — I knew that part about the Senate, but was not sure about what happens in the House. Based on what I’ve read, it seems like the parties will have to decide through some type of cooperation agreement (assuming that no party member breaks ranks and votes for the other party for Speaker without such an agreement).

        • First, let’s see if Dems take it back or if it’s tied. If the latter, they’ll have to work something out. That will be fun to watch. 😉

  • HaroldCh8

    credit where credit is due, congrats you damned dirty Democrats. Don’t screw this up like you did healthcare and I may vote for one of you sometime.

  • scavok

    So I assume it will take a day or two for these to be recounted?

    From @Redistrict
    HD27 (Chesterfield): Del. Robinson (R) up by 129 votes.
    HD28 (F’burg): Thomas (R) up by 86.
    HD40 (Fairfax): Tanner (D) up by 68.
    HD68 (Richmond): Adams (D) up by 316.
    HD94 (Newport News): Del. Yancey (R) up by 12.

  • roemmelt

    So proud that I can witness this day!

  • It’s 50-50 pre-recount. With a recount of the Simonds race (she’s only behind by 12), we could claim the majority.

  • DCCC Statement on Virginia Election Night Landslide

    DCCC spokesperson Jacob Peters released the following statement on the Democratic landslide victories in elections across Virginia tonight:

    “Virginia is a true battlefield, and Governor-elect Ralph Northam and down-ballot candidates in every corner of the Commonwealth rode an overwhelming surge of Democratic grassroots energy to victory.

    “These results echo what we have seen in every election in 2017: the enthusiasm behind Democrats is absolutely off the charts, and the establishment Republican brand is producing a powerful backlash at the polls.

    “Voters have seen the Republican agenda in action – including efforts to rip away healthcare from millions of Americans and hike premiums and taxes on middle class families – and they are rejecting it outright. This energy and passion is only going to pick up speed as we head towards 2018.”

  • DPVA Statement on Sweeping Democratic Victories

    FAIRFAX, Va. – Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker tonight issued the following statement congratulating Ralph Northam, Justin Fairfax, Mark Herring and the Virginia House Democratic Caucus on their resounding victories tonight:

    “Tonight the people of Virginia led the way and turned out to support candidates who represent the very best of who we are. It is here in Virginia that we sent a powerful message to the nation that bigotry, racism and lies will never defeat love, fairness and truth.”

  • From the VA House Dems:

    Cheryl Turpin Defeats Delegate Rocky Holcomb
    FAIRFAX, Va. – Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring tonight issued the following statement congratulating Cheryl Turpin on her win over Republican Delegate Rocky Holcomb tonight:

    “As an educator and community leader, Cheryl Turpin has shown resilience in her fight to strengthen education and protect our environment. Her stance on issues clearly show her resolve to continue to fortify the Virginia Beach community. After a tough loss earlier this year, we could not be happier to announce Cheryl’s win. We congratulate her on a hard-fought victory and know that her tenacity will serve her well in Richmond.”

    • Anthony Shifflett

      Let’s just hope we win the recount.

  • Video: Virginia Governor-elect Ralph Northam’s victory speech last night


  • Video: Ed Gillespie speaks after landslide loss in VA governor race https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGhhL-TikUM

  • From the VA House Dems:

    Donte Tanner Defeats Delegate Tim Hugo

    FAIRFAX, Va. – Virginia House Democratic Caucus Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring tonight issued the following statement congratulating Donte Tanner on his win over Republican Delegate Tim Hugo tonight:

    “As both a small business owner and Air Force veteran, Donte Tanner has made his dedication to community and country clear. Throughout his campaign, Donte has proven to be a fighter for the needs of all Virginians. We congratulate Donte on his win and look forward to serving with him as he fights for the 40th in the House of Delegates.”

  • From the DLCC:

    DLCC and State Dems Claim Landslide Victories in Virginia
    Support from the DLCC allowed state Democrats to flip16 seats from red to blue and claim a stronghold in the chamber

    WASHINGTON — Democrats in Virginia had record-breaking landslide wins tonight, tilting chamber control to 50 Democratic seats to Republicans’ 49 seats, with one seat still too close to call, leaving chamber control hanging in the balance.

    “The DLCC’s early engagement and investments in Virginia ensured Democrats had the infrastructure and field programs in place to harness the incredible grassroots enthusiasm on the ground that made it possible for Virginians to knock on over one million doors on behalf of the campaigns,” said Post. “We are extremely proud of the work we did to bring this election home for Democrats, and we are confident that all Virginians will benefit from the more inclusive and progressive policies Governor-elect Ralph Northam and this new legislature will fight to enact.

    “Despite Republican-drawn gerrymandered maps, Democrats had the most pickups in the House of Delegates since 1899. Virginians made their voices heard loud and clear that they do not want Trump’s extreme agenda in Virginia,” Post continued. “Last session, Virginia Republicans refused to expand Medicaid, passed measures to restrict women’s reproductive rights, and killed legislation to establish equal pay for equal work and paid family leave, and other Democratic-proposed policies that would have helped working Americans.

    “The DLCC is confident that Virginia will thrive under Democrats’ capable leadership in the state House and governorship and we will see progress on redistricting, health care, voting rights, workers’ protection policies, and beyond.”

    Tonight’s winners include historic firsts, small business owners, veterans, parents, teachers, journalists, public defenders, and many first-time candidates.

    The DLCC congratulates all eight of our Virginia Spotlight Race candidates on their victories:
    Jennifer Carroll Foy, HD-2,
    Chris Hurst, HD-12,
    Danica Roem, HD-13 – who became the first openly transgender candidate to be elected to a state legislature,
    Elizabeth Guzman, HD-31 – who is one of the first Latinas to be elected to the Virginia House,
    Donte Tanner, HD-40,
    Kathy Tran, HD-42 – who is the first Asian-American to be elected to the Virginia House,
    Karrie Delaney, HD-67, and
    Schuyler VanValkenburg, HD-72

    Other winners include:
    Wendy Gooditis, HD-10
    Kelly Convirs-Fowler, HD-21
    David Reid, HD-32
    Kathleen Murphy, HD-34
    Lee Carter, HD-50
    Hala Ayala, HD-51
    Dawn Adams, HD-68
    Debra Rodman, HD-73
    Jay Jones, HD-89
    Jennifer Boysko, HD-86
    John Bell, HD-87
    Mike Mullin, HD-93

    Tonight’s Democratic victories extend from coast to coast, with the DLCC flipping the Washington State Senate with Manka Dhingra’s critical special victory, claiming record majorities in the New Jersey Legislature, flipping two seats from red to blue in the Georgia state House, breaking the Republican supermajority in the Georgia state Senate, flipping a New Hampshire state House seat from red to blue, and winning additional special elections in Massachusetts, New York, and South Carolina. The DLCC is proud of the programs, investments, and strategic actions it took during this cycle, and looks forward to supporting our legislators and candidates in upcoming special elections and throughout the 2018 midterm elections as Democrats prepare for 2020 redistricting.