Spending in 13 Virginia Senate races topped $1 million as Republicans and Democrats battled for control of the chamber, while the number of seven-figure races dropped sharply in the Republican-dominated House, according to a Virginia Public Access Project analysis.
VPAP, a nonpartisan tracker of money in politics, produced the analysis Thursday, the deadline for General Assembly candidates to file campaign finance reports.
Sen. Toddy Puller said Tuesday's election results were about what she expected, but elections are never a sure thing.
"It was a spirited contest, but I've had several of those over the years and I guess you don't ever know what's going to be coming at the end," said Puller, a Democrat, who was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1991 and has been a member of the Senate since 2000.
Puller defeated her Republican opponent Jeffrey M. Frederick to win reelection to the Virginia Senate's 36th District, taking 55 percent of the vote.
All 140 seats in Virginia's General Assembly are up for election Tuesday, but the focus has narrowed to a handful of races, including several in Northern Virginia, that will determine the trajectory of state government for the next several years.
Seven-term incumbent Sen. R. Edward Houck, Spotsylvania Democrat, is in the fight of his political career against Republican Bryce Reeves in District 17.
Virginia Republicans need to capture three more seats in the state Senate on Tuesday to win a majority there and cement their control of state government. Here's a look at the most closely watched Senate races.
Days before the election, the Virginia Tea Party Alliance has added a pair of Northern Virginia Senate seats to their list of targets.
Republican Tom Gordy, who is challenging Sen. Chuck Colgan (D-Prince William), has been added to the group’s list of “winnable” seats. Former delegate Jeff Frederick has been elevated to “possible win” in his race against Sen. Toddy Puller (D-Fairfax).
Look who’s joined the party.
U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, who is not exactly known for his love of campaigning, is appearing in TV ads for Democrats as they try to retain control of their fragile majority in the state Senate next week. (Check out his ad for Sen. John Edwards of Roanoke below.)
There’s a familiar face popping up in the ads and campaign mailers of Virginia state Senate Democrats.
It’s not President Obama, who some distanced themselves from last week during his trip to the commanwealth. It’s Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican who some of these same Democrats said was too conservative for Virginia during his 2009 election.
The Virginia Tea Party Alliance’s political action committee will begin airing a TV ad Monday targeting Senate Democratic candidates in vote-rich Northern Virginia.
The ad ties seven Democrats to President Barack Obama, accusing them of supporting “Obamacare,” “in-state tuition for illegals” and more programs, regulations and taxes.
“Say no to Obama. Say no to the Virginia Obama Democrats,’’ the narrator says.
Republicans aggressively fighting to gain control of the Virginia Senate next month have bankrolled GOP challengers in key races as they try to take the last bastion of Democratic power in Richmond.
The state’s top Republicans, including Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, and GOP political committees have focused on five candidates: Bryce Reeves in the Fredericksburg area; Mickey Chohany in Hampton Roads; Sen. William M. Stanley Jr. (Franklin) in Southside; and Adam Light and Del. David A. Nutter (Montgomery), both in southwest Virginia.
Ever since we reported Tuesday that Sen. Toddy Puller was one of several Democratic legislators declining to commit to President Obama’s re-election campaign, she said her phone has been ringing off the hook.
Puller (Fairfax), one of the first senators to come out for Obama in 2008, wants everyone to know she does support Obama.