Virginia State Election Results

               November 5, 2019 will be the Virginia State Elections, in which all 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates and all 40 seats in the State Senate are open for re-election. Provided here is a general overview on the structures of each house of the General Assembly, as well as the elections and candidates of the different districts within the city of Richmond.

General Structure of Virginia Senate

              Every four years, all 40 seats in the State Senate are open for re-election, with one senator being elected from each senatorial district. There are no term-limits for senators, so they may be re-elected multiple times. As of now, there is a slight Republican majority of 21 seats to the 19 Democratic seats (Virginia General Assembly, n.d.).

Senator elections within Richmond

             Within the city of Richmond, there are 2 senatorial districts: District 9 and District 10.

District 9

District 10

             In District 9, the current incumbent is Jennifer McClellan (D). For this upcoming election, Jennifer McClellan and Mark Lewis (L) are vying for the district 9 spot.

             In District 10, the current incumbent is Glen Sturtevant (R). For this upcoming election, Glen Sturtevant and Ghazala Hashmi (D) are vying for the district 10 spot. (Candidates & Referendums, 2019).

If you would like to check what district you’re in, you can find both your senate and house district using this tool: Who's My Legislator?

Senate Election Results

District 9

District 10

General Structure of Virginia House of Delegates

             Within the city of Richmond, there are 4 delegate districts: District 68, 69, 70, and 71.

             Every two years, all 100 seats in the House of Delegates are open for re-election, with one delegate being elected from each of the 100 districts. There are no term-limits for delegates, so they may be re-elected multiple times. As of now, there is a slight Republican majority of 51 seats to the 49 Democratic seats (Virginia General Assembly, n.d.).

Delegate elections within Richmond

House districts within Richmond

             In District 68, the current incumbent is Dawn M. Adams (D). For this upcoming election, Dawn M. Adams and Garrison R Coward (R) are vying for the district 68 spot.

             In District 69, the current incumbent is Betsy B. Carr (D). For this upcoming election, it seems like no one else is running against Carr.

             In District 70, the current incumbent is Delores McQuinn (D). For this upcoming election, Delores McQuinn and Linnard Keith Harris, Sr. (I) are vying for the district 70 spot.

             In District 71, the current incumbent is Jeff Bourne (D).  For this upcoming election, Jeff Bourne and Pete Wells (L) are vying for the district 71 spot. (Candidates & Referendums, 2019).

             If you would like to check what district you’re in, you can find both your senate and house district using this tool: Who's My Legislator?

House Election Results

District 68

District 69

District 70

District 71

Why 2019 is Such a Massive Year

             The political leaning of Virginia’s elected legislators has been shifting over the past few years. In the 2017 House of Delegates elections, Democrats gained 15 seats and Governor Northam (D) was elected (Elliot P., 2019).

             The elections were so close that when the 94th district’s votes were recounted due to issues, it was found to be an exact tie. The result was through random choice and this was the first time in 30 years that a recount in a Virginia election resulted in a changed result (Nirappil, F., 2017).

             2019 will also use the new legislative map that special master Bernard Grofman, who was appointed by the U.S. District Court of Eastern Virginia, wrote. This redrawing occurred because in June 2018 the U.S. District Court of Virginia found 11 House Districts to be unconstitutionally concentrating black voters. As the Republican-majority Assembly could not draw a map that Democratic Governor Northam supported, Grofman was brought in. As such, after such a controversy, this 2019 election will show the impact of all these drastic changes being made to Virginia state politics. (Tabackman, L., 2019).

Further Resources

References

Elliot, P. (2019, September 5). How State Races Starting This Fall Will Shape Congress for the Next Decade. Retrieved from https://time.com/5669522/battleground-states-2019-2020-elections/

 

Nirappil, F. (2017, December 21). Republican prevails in last of Va. House recounts; majority now hinges on drawing. Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/virginia-politics/in-virginia-race-tainted-by-ballot-mix-ups-judge-bars-press-from-recount/2017/12/21/ef50667c-e4eb-11e7-833f-155031558ff4_story.html

Tabackman, L. (2019, February 15). Federal Court orders Virginia to adopt new map, mend racially gerrymandered districts. Retrieved from https://wtvr.com/2019/02/14/federal-court-orders-virginia-to-adopt-redistricting-plan-likely-to-benefit-democrats/

 

Virginia Department of Elections (2019). Candidates & Referendums. Retrieved from https://www.elections.virginia.gov/casting-a-ballot/candidate-list/index.html

WTVR CBS 6 (2019). Virginia Election Results. Retrieved from https://wtvr.com/election-results/

Virginia General Assembly, n.d., Members and Session. Retrieved from https://virginiageneralassembly.gov/membersAndSession.php?secid=1&activesec=0#!hb=1&mainContentTabs=0