List of Qualified General Assembly Candidates
The Virginia Department of Elections on Monday released the list of General Assembly candidates who qualified for the November ballot. Pending some last-minute appeals (see below), here is how the numbers stack up:
HOUSE OF DELEGATES
- The number of uncontested seats -- 12 of 40 -- is a record low since VPAP began tracking Senate elections in 1999.
- Of the 12 uncontested seats, 11 are currently held by Democrats and one by Republicans.
- There is a record high number of Democratic candidates (36 of 40) and a record low number of GOP candidates (25).
DATA VISUALIZATION: HISTORIC EBB AND FLOW OF LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATES
Here are some possible last-minute changes based on the outcome of possible appeals to the State Board of Elections:
- In HD 76, the list of qualified candidates published Monday did not include Democrat Clint Jenkins. It's unclear why Jenkins, who has been actively campaigning, was not included. If Jenkins does not qualify for the ballot, House Appropriations Chair Chris Jones (R-Suffolk) would have no opponent. (For now, VPAP has not included Jenkins in the House candidate count above.)
- In HD 30, Del. Nick Freitas (R-Culpeper) is listed as "in process." The State Board of Elections will determine whether Freitas' name will appear on the November ballot. According to media reports, his paperwork never reached the Department of Elections after it was emailed to an inactive email account at the agency. Freitas is seeking to become the second Republican delegate to win an appeal to get his name on the November ballot. (Given that Gate City Del. Terry Kilgore won a similar appeal, VPAP has included Freitas in the House candidate count above.)
- In SD 40, Democrats can name a candidate to replace one that withdrew.
- Independent candidates are appealing their disqualification in HD 19, SD 13 and SD 25.
July 2, 2019