While most analysis has focused on the Virginia Senate, let’s not lose track of what happened in the House of Delegates races. Here is the positive news for Democrats:
- House Democrats ended the Republican “veto-proof” majority in the House.
- It was the second consecutive election where we picked up seats even though we were massively outspent, perhaps on a level of four-to-one.
- We held the seats of our incumbents Murphy, Mason, and Bulova, despite a barrage of misleading and untrue Republican attack ads, including an unprecendented Washington DC broadcast TV buy of almost $1 million. The Republicans attempted to buy the elections.
- We did not lose one incumbent and we have not lost a Democratic incumbent for two consecutive general elections.
- Democrats won two open seats formerly held by Republicans, with Jennifer Boysko’s win in Herndon and John Bell’s win in Loudoun.
- Democrats won an additional four open seat races; one open seat is still too close to call.
To view the 2015 election results, visit results.elections.virginia.gov
Thank you to all those who came out to vote yesterday, and especially my supporters who re-elected me to serve the 57th District for a sixth term. I am honored to represent the people of Charlottesville and the surrounding portions of Albemarle County; a district that is part of the seat once held by Thomas Jefferson. As always, I look forward to hearing from you about your thoughts and hopes for the future of our Commonwealth.