November 8, 2023
Democrats Win Majority in the House of Delegates Following Tuesday’s Elections
RICHMOND, VA – Last night, the Virginia House Democratic Caucus declared victory over MAGA extremism and flipped the House of Delegates blue. While there are still outstanding ballots in a few districts across the Commonwealth, Michael Feggans declaratively won the 51st seat in House District 97, sealing the majority for the Democrats.
The Caucus ran a dynamic slate of smart, accomplished and trusted candidates who reflect the diversity and the culture of the Commonwealth. Candidates across the board ran on the issues that mattered the most to Virginia voters – to fully fund our public schools, protect our communities with common sense gun safety legislation, put money back in the pockets of hardworking Virginia families, and protect access to abortion services for women across the Commonwealth and the entire South.
“We’ve been telling you all since day one that Democrats had the message, the candidates, and the momentum to put a stop to the extreme Republicans’ agenda. And that’s what we did tonight. Our candidates reflect the future of the Commonwealth. They are products of the communities they’ll be representing. They are trusted community leaders. Today is day 0 of this campaign and tomorrow is the first day of a new Virginia. The work begins to protect and defend the rights and freedoms of hardworking Virginia families and make this economy work for everybody,” said House Democratic Leader Don Scott during his victory speech Tuesday night. Scott is poised to become the first Black Speaker of the House of Delegates in the 400+ year history of the legislative body.
House Democratic Caucus Chair Charniele Herring said, “We’ve been saying for months now that our brilliant and accomplished candidates had the message, the fortitude and the drive to push back against the dangerous potential of a Republican majority in the House. And that is exactly what they did tonight. This victory shows that Virginia is ready for leaders looking to move our Commonwealth forward and not backwards. I look forward to serving in the House of Delegates next session with both some new and some returning faces as we work to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of all Virginians.”
“Our candidates across the Commonwealth put in the work knocking on doors and meeting the voters where they are. This cycle we raised over $17 million for candidates, not to mention embedding staff and running ads across the state, so that the voters knew exactly which party was working to champion and protect their interests in the State House. I could not be prouder to have served as the Campaigns Chair during such a monumental moment to protect our democracy. This win sends a message to Governor Youngkin and to MAGA Republicans across the nation that there is no place for their extreme agenda in Virginia,” said House Democratic Caucus Campaigns Chair Dan Helmer.
Members of the press interested in speaking to House Democratic leadership following Tuesday’s Election should contact Morgan Hopkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.