With multiple Democratic primary elections for the House of Delegates and State Senate, candidates are beginning to emphasize their positions on key issues that motivate their party’s base voters. Online, we’ve seen several stick out: abortion rights, healthcare, and education.
As the battle over abortion rights erupted last week with anti-choice bills passing or gaining support in states like Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri, this issue has continued to be a major topic for Democrats running in competitive primaries for the General Assembly. Democratic candidates in tight primaries were running ads, sometimes their first of the cycle, touting their position on this key issue for their base voters.
Del. Lee Carter, running for re-election in a Democratic primary against a more conservative Mark Wolfe, began running his first ads of the cycle this week, including this one contrasting his stance on the issue with his opponent’s:
In SD10, Ghazala Hashmi’s first Facebook ads of her campaign began running last week, highlighting her endorsement by pro-choice group NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia:
…and Sally Hudson, running against Kathy Galvin in a deep-blue Charlottesville area district (HD 57) to replace Del. David Toscano, is running ads touting a #StopTheBans rally she attended:
Access to affordable healthcare has been a defining issue in elections from California to Maine. In Virginia, many Democratic candidates for the House of Delegates and State Senate are driving narratives to their base about how they will support lowering cost and expanding access to care.
In a primary election context, incumbent Democrats like Lee Carter and Debra Rodman are trying to emphasize their records of accomplishment when it comes to Medicaid expansion in the state, while challengers and newcomers are emphasizing what more can be done on the issue:
Raising teacher pay is a key point for Democrats, and Del. Alfonso Lopez is running ads highlighting his record supporting higher wages for educators. Non-incumbents like Kathy Galvin and Mark Wolfe are driving messages around expanding access to Pre-K and fully funding public schools.