Virginia

Virginia

Virginia

Swing Blue Alliance in Virginia

In early October, SBA volunteers recruited three phone bank hosts and 41 callers for Sister District MA/RI phone banks to support Virginia candidates. In addition, eight volunteers completed 25 canvassing shifts for Josh Cole, Alex Askew, and Nancy Guy in Fredericksburg and Virginia Beach.

The hope was to maintain Democratic hold of the governorship and the House of Delegates by supporting Terry McAuliffe, Josh Cole, Alex Askew, and Martha Mugler. McAuliffe’s loss by 1.9% was a disappointment, but not terrible.

The House of Delegates elections were much closer. Cole lost by only 647 votes out of 31,988 cast (0.2%). The margins for Askew and Mugler were tiny: 127 votes out of 28,413 cast (less than .045%), and 94 votes out of 27,388 cast (less than 0.035%), respectively. Just think! A change of 868 votes would have kept the VA legislature in Democratic control!