From the Democratic Party of Virginia:
Democrats Post Record-Breaking Volunteer Numbers, Republicans Volunteer Numbers SO BAD They Won’t Disclose
In 2017 and 2018, Democrats won by historic margins by mobilizing thousands of people across the Commonwealth. This year is looking no different. A new look at voter enthusiasm from the Washington Post makes the difference between Democratic and Republican enthusiasm strikingly clear.
In the Richmond area alone, 258 people volunteered for Democratic candidates in August, compared to 142 people during the same period in 2015. But when asked about their volunteer numbers, the Post reported that Republicans “said [they do] not collect those figures, and individual campaigns declined to disclose numbers.”
The Post also noted some other impressive numbers highlighting the enthusiasm advantage Democrats have over Republicans:
- Democrats are running in 36 of the 40 state Senate districts — a modern record — while Republicans have candidates in just 25
- On the House side, Democrats are running in 92 of 100 districts — another record — while just 72 Republicans are competing.
- In the first half of 2019, Democrats running for the state House and Senate raised $1.7 million in contributions of $100 or less, compared with $444,000 for Republicans.