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Video: Kenton Ngo Reviews the 2017 Virginia Elections – “Be Bold, Be Brave”

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Great job by Kenton Ngo tonight at Del. Patrick Hope’s annual “Pizza and Politics with Patrick” event. According to Kenton, it’s super important to have candidates with great stories, and Democrats had that this year. Another important lesson is to “be bold, be brave” in terms of what our candidates look like – “one of most interesting findings from Danica Roem’s election was that she ran basically at the same level as most of the other challengers in terms of how many points she ran behind Ralph Northam…there wasn’t [a penalty for running a transgender candidate].” Also, you need to have “bio and issues” that work together. And you have to have a team effort, which we had this year in Virginia. Third, the suburbs are going Democratic. Finally, “celebrate a little bit!”

  • A_Siegel

    Extremely interesting, gracious, & thoughtful. Thank you Kenton.

    1. Would be useful to take the time to write this up … for the org but then posting in a way that makes sharing/considering/commenting that much easier.
    2. We can’t underestimate the ‘anti-Trump wave’ / 2017 political environment while (legitimately) speaking well of 2017 VA HOD winners — looking back, it isn’t as if there weren’t some great candidates in 2013.
    3. The Washington Post exit poll is, imo, dangerous to rely on as to ‘what voters cared about’ since it was a closed question of ‘which of the five’ mattered most to you. I am not the only one who fells that their issue(s) wasn’t there. (And, well, honestly, if “make statement about Trump positive/negative’ was there, think odds are high it would be top of the list.) Lots of issues people cared/talked about that weren’t there — from redistricting to energy to climate/environment to …

    • dave schutz

      I’m with ya on your #2 – I was the questioner at Minute 19 who suggested we had benefited from Trump revulsion and that we had no way to control how much of that we can enjoy in the future.