The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) and its affiliates announced Wednesday that they are making a September investment of $500,000 in Virginia.
For the first time ever, the committee says that they are giving $100,000 to the lieutenant governor’s race because of its potential impact in the Virginia Senate where Democrats only hold a narrow two-seat majority. If one Democrat votes with the Republicans on any legislation, the lieutenant governor is tasked with casting the tie-breaking vote.
“There is so much at stake in Virginia this cycle,” said DLCC President Jessica Post. “The Republican slate of Trump acolytes have been crystal clear about their agenda if they win the majority: they will roll back voting rights, ban abortions, and rip away access to health care for half a million Virginians. The DLCC is making sure our candidates are well resourced so they can get their message out to voters and win.”
Hala Ayala (D) and Winsome Sears (R) are seeking to be both the first woman to serve as lieutenant governor, and the first woman of color to serve statewide in Virginia. Polling has shown a close race.
The DLCC will also be spending money to protect the 55-45 majority that Democrats have in the House of Delegates. “Since flipping the legislature in 2019, Virginia has been a model of what can be accomplished when Democrats hold the gavel,” added Post. “With progressive legislation stalling at the federal level, it is more important than ever that we invest in holding Democratic majorities in statehouses across the country.”
Early voting for the Nov. 2 election begins Friday.
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