Speaking in McLean on Wednesday evening, President Joe Biden said the following about the importance of Virginia elections for all 140 seats in the General Assembly. Remember, early voting starts NEXT FRIDAY, and currently Democrats have just a slim, 22-18 majority in the State Senate – the only thing that’s stopping Glenn Youngkin et al from rolling back our rights and our progress – and are down just slightly (52-48) in the House of Delegates. This means we can/must definitely hold the State Senate, PLUS pick up control of the House of Delegates, which will mean we’ll have Speaker Don Scott starting in January 2024 – as long as we VOTE THIS FALL, in huge numbers.
- “I’ve been told by every one of the elected officials that are on the federal level there’s one thing: The first election, as Senator Warner said, of ‘24 is your election here in Virginia. And I want you to know I’m going to do everything I can to raise as much money for you guys — we’ve already done a fair amount — making sure that you guys win.”
- “And, folks, here in Virginia, the stakes have never been higher. Governor Glenn Youngkin and the extreme Republicans have made it clear that they’re trying to take us back on issues like choice.”
- “Virginia is, to state the obvious, a key battleground state. And I’m committed to leading the charge here. I’ve authorized the DNC to give the first $1.5 million to Virginia’s coordinated campaign. And — (applause) — because I’m afraid of Senator Warner, I’m going to do more. (Laughter.) Look, it’s 15 times more than in 2019, so far. Look, you’re here for me, but I want you to know: I promise you, I’m here for you. I promise you.”
- “We’ve determined the project — to project a majority in the State Senate, we need to keep 21 seats and need to take back the House of Delegates (inaudible). (Applause.) And it matters. It really, really matters.”
- “I’m doing this in three other states as well. It matters. St- — control of the state legislature — the one place we made a mistake the last 20 years, in my view, is putting much more emphasis on the federal legislature than on the state legislature. We’d be in a very — it doesn’t mean we ought to do less in the federal, but we should do a hell of a lot more in the state legislature. (Applause.)”