Reactions to Nov. 5, 2019 Off Year Elections

Democrats and their allies had a good night and did most of the talking through press releases and statements...

November 5, 2019 10:26 p.m.

DNC on Virginia General Assembly Elections

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on the results of Virginia’s General Assembly elections:

“Congratulations to Virginia Democrats — this historic victory should send a chill down the spines of Donald Trump and every Republican. Democrats are competing in every election and every state, running on our values, and channelling unprecedented energy into the voting booth — that’s how we won tonight, that’s how we’ll beat Trump in one year, and that’s how Democrats will win victories at every level in 2020.” 

The DNC made a six-figure investment in the Democratic Party of Virginia to support these races.  



Democratic National Committee

November 5, 2019 10:56 p.m.

DNC on Andy Beshear’s Victory

DNC Chair Tom Perez released the following statement on Andy Beshear’s election as governor of Kentucky:

“Congratulations to Governor-elect Beshear, Kentucky Democrats, and DGA Chair Raimondo — this earth-shattering victory in a state Trump won by 30 points should terrify him and every Republican running in 2020. Governor-elect Beshear has dedicated his life to solving big problems and working on the issues that keep families up at night, and I’m proud to see him take that fight to the governor’s mansion.

“Americans across the country are voting for the values that Democrats fight for every day. That’s why we’re competing in every election and every state, and it’s why in 2020 we are going to defeat Trump and win Democratic victories at every level.”

The DNC made a six-figure investment in the Kentucky Democratic Party to support this race.



Democratic National Committee
November 6, 2019

Reporters —

Some key points on the significance of last night’s elections for the 2020 presidential battleground map below:

1) “The suburban revolt against President Donald Trump’s Republican Party is growing.” Independent-minded,suburban voters continued to shift sharply against Trump.

A few highlights:

  • In Pennsylvania: in Delaware County Democrats won control of the City Council for the first time since the Civil War; in Bucks County Democrats took control of the Board of Commissioners for the first time since 1983; and in Chester County Democrats swept the County Commissioner races. 
  • In Ohio: in Hillard County Democrats won a seat on the County Council for the first time in 30 years; and in Delaware County Democrats picked up a City Council seat. And in the Cincinnati exurbs of northern Kentucky, Andy Beshear won Kenton and Cambell counties, the first time a Democrat won these areas since 2011. 
  • In Missouri: Democrats won a state House seat in the suburbs of St. Louis.

2) Trump’s agenda was on the ballot.

  • Trump In Kentucky: Bevin losing “sends a really bad message… you can’t let that happen to


  • POLITICO:“Why Democrats keep winning on health care.”

  • Washington Post: “To accomplish its goals for Medicaid, the Trump administration needs

    the help of state political leaders – and election results in Kentucky and Virginia yesterday made that less likely as Democrats widened their control in those states.”

  • Fox Business: Medicaid expansion scores big victory in 2019 elections.”
  • NPR: “Gun Control Is Front And Center In Virginia Races” 

3) The AP wrote the elections “
will test voter enthusiasm and party organization.” The Democratic victories speak for themselves. 

  • Vox:Winner: Democratic organization and enthusiasm. “Virginia and Kentucky demonstrated one clear thing: Democrats were fired up. No matter what caveats exist in each state, that’s great news for the Democratic Party heading into 2020.” 
  • Act Blue announced 67,000 unique donors made hundreds of thousands of contributions to

    support Virginia races, donating 2.5 times more money to candidates in VA as compared to 2017.

  • For the first time, the Democratic Data Exchange was up and running in Kentucky ahead of yesterday’s election to enhance Democratic data for GOTV.
David Bergstein
Director of Battleground State Communications
Democratic National Committee

Republican Governors Association
November 6, 2019

RGA Congratulates Governor-Elect Tate Reeves On Victory In Mississippi

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Republican Governors Association (RGA) released the following statements congratulating Mississippi Governor-elect Tate Reeves on his victory in the gubernatorial election:

“Tate Reeves is an innovative, vibrant policy leader with an unparalleled understanding of the issues that are important to Mississippians and a bold agenda to move the state forward,” said RGA Chairman Governor Pete Ricketts. “Mississippi voters responded to Tate’s common sense proposals to invest in education and workforce development without raising taxes or growing government, and tonight’s results make it clear that the electorate trusts Tate Reeves to lead the Magnolia State into the future. Tate will be ready on day one to build on the accomplishments of his predecessor, Governor Phil Bryant. On behalf of the RGA and his fellow Republican governors, I congratulate Governor-elect Tate Reeves on this well-earned victory.”

“Tate Reeves ran a great campaign against the Democrats’ strongest possible recruit, and the RGA is proud to have helped secure his decisive victory,” said RGA Executive Director Dave Rexrode. “The RGA invested over $2.5 million in the race, both via direct support to Governor-elect Reeves’ campaign and independent expenditure efforts to expose Jim Hood’s liberal record, helping to ensure that Republicans maintained a financial advantage. We congratulate Governor-elect Reeves on a race well won, and look forward to welcoming him to the ranks of America’s great Republican governors.”

Republican National Committee
November 7, 2019

Republican election victories show enthusiasm for Trump and his polices is growing

Republican election victories show enthusiasm for Trump and his polices is growing
Fox News
Ronna McDaniel
November 6, 2019

"Cut through all the 'hot takes' on Twitter and the conjecturing by talking heads, and it’s clear that Republicans turned in a strong and historic performance in elections Tuesday.

"Let’s take a closer look at some of them.

"Kentucky saw a historic win when Daniel Cameron was elected attorney general. He was the first African-American individually elected statewide in Kentucky, and the first Republican to hold the office in over 70 years. He was one of five statewide Republican candidates to bring home a victory Tuesday night.

"Despite this close race, President Trump – who won Kentucky by 30 points in 2016 – and Republicans stand very well-positioned to win handily in the state next year.

"Lynn Fitch made history when she was elected Mississippi’s first female attorney general and the first Republican to hold the position in over 150 years – an incredible feat for a trailblazing candidate.

"Trump Victory was on the ground in Auburn, Maine to help get out the vote for Mayor Jason Levesque, and our efforts paid off as Levesque won a second term.

"In Keene, N.H. – a city that favored Hillary Clinton 62 percent to 30 percent over Donald  Trump in 2016 – Republican George Hansel defeated Democrat Mitchell Greenwald.

"Republicans in Pennsylvania won two county commissioner seats in Berks County, including electing the first Latino commissioner, Michael Rivera. They also carried county commissioner seats throughout the state and picked up a seat on the Pennsylvania Superior Court, electing a candidate endorsed by President Trump.

"In Arizona, voters overwhelmingly rejected a measure to make Tucson a sanctuary city. And Coloradans overwhelmingly rejected a tax increase by way of Proposition CC.

"While the mainstream media will continue to extrapolate an incoming blue wave based solely on one outlier race in Kentucky, the fact remains: this was a historic night of victories for Republicans and a great indication of what’s to come in 2020.

"Enthusiasm for President Trump and his policies continues to grow, and in less than one year we will once again witness a historic victory as President Trump is reelected and Republicans win up and down the ballot."

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Republican State Leadership Committee
November 7, 2019

Liberal Billionaires Flood Money Into Virginia to Fund Socialist Movement

WASHINGTON – The Republican State Leadership Committee on Tuesday secured huge wins in states across the country: Republicans for the first time swept all of the statewide elections in Mississippi while winning a super majority in the state Senate and maintaining the super majority in the House, won each of the down-ballot races in Kentucky, and flipped a critical state Senate seat in deep blue New Jersey that could move Republicans out of a super minority. Republicans won everywhere on Election Day – except for Virginia, where liberal billionaires like George Soros and Michael Bloomberg poured millions of dollars into the commonwealth to spread their radical agenda. The Wall Street Journal Editorial Board and Fox News emphasized the consequences of this unprecedented spending.

Click here or on the image above to read the full article from The Wall Street Journal.

The Wall Street Journal (11/6/19): “The governing consequences will be most severe in Virginia, where the GOP was outspent as the national left, led by Mike Bloomberg’s gun-control operation, poured in millions of dollars. Democrats will use their new majorities to move the state left…

“Virginia Democrats received an assist this year from federal judges who redrew the legislative map after liberal groups said they were racially gerrymandered. The Supreme Court declined on a 5-4 vote to let the GOP House of Delegates defend its map on appeal. Democrats will try to gerrymander state legislative and U.S. House districts after the 2020 census to cement their majorities for a decade. Do not wait for complaints about this from the Washington Post or former Attorney General Eric Holder, whose group only opposes gerrymanders that favor Republicans.”

Click here or on the image above to watch Laura Ingraham on Fox News.

Laura Ingraham (11/6/19): “Another factor that is important to note in this Virginia race – and it should jolt Republicans into action themselves – in this cycle, huge amounts of money flowed into Virginia’s local elections. George Soros pumped millions in to elect commonwealth attorneys who pledged to radically change how we prosecute crime in the commonwealth. Prioritizing so-called ‘social justice concerns’ over public safety.

“In September alone, Virginia Democrats running for statehouse and senate offices got $3.34 million from out-of-state donors.”

Click here or on the image above to watch Tucker Carlson on Fox News.

Tucker Carlson (11/6/19): “The biggest winners of last night’s elections were maybe billionaire Democratic donors Michael Bloomberg and George Soros. Both of them heavily invested in races across the country – particularly in Virginia where their preferred candidates won.”

Click here or on the image above to watch Dana Perino on Fox News.

Dana Perino (11/6/19): “Soros and Bloomberg in particular have been trying to focus on down-ballot races. So what I mean by that is not your governor’s race necessarily but they’re in state, local races, city council races, and in particular district attorney races. And it’s much easier to cut through all of the noise of the national political scene and the governors’ races, and focus on those local races at that level. They are making big gains. Part of it is that they are riding a wave. There are changes happening across the country.

“For example in Philadelphia the collar counties around Philly got bluer yesterday, but the collar counties around Pittsburgh got redder. There is a movement happening, but you can have an impact with money and I think Republicans have done such an impressive job working with President Trump and, for the past two decades, focusing on judges. One thing the Republicans might really want to think about is, how do they match Soros and Bloomberg dollar for dollar in these races as well?”


Bennet for America

Michael Bennet on Election Results: This is the Playbook We Need in 2020

Bennet Calls for Bevin to Concede in Kentucky

DENVER — Michael Bennet released the following statement on last night’s election results in Kentucky, Virginia, and nationwide:

“Democrats won in battleground states last night using the playbook that secured us the House in 2018: meeting voters where they are on the kitchen table issues that matter most, including education and protecting the Affordable Care Act. This is the agenda we can use to win the White House and Senate and hold the House in purple and red states across the country. Voters just told us what they are looking for in their elected leaders, and it’s not empty promises of free stuff or Medicare for All. If we ignore this, we risk everything in 2020. 

“Kentucky voters have spoken, and the results are clear. Matt Bevin must concede. It’s time for the people of Kentucky to be able to move beyond his failed leadership and attacks on healthcare.” 

The new battleground polls this week from the New York Times show that Democrats are at risk of losing to Trump in 2020 if they nominate any of the current frontrunners. It’s clear voters are looking for new leadership that will actually make progress on our most pressing challenges — they want solutions, not slogans.

As Jonathan Chait wrote about the battleground polls, “[T]he poll contains substantial evidence that Trump’s party lost the midterms for the hoary yet true reason that Republicans took unpopular positions, especially on health care, and ceded the center. Rather than learn the lesson, Democrats instead appear intent on ceding it right back to them.”


Biden for President
November 5, 2019

Statement from Vice President Joe Biden on the Virginia General Assembly Election Results

I want to congratulate the newly elected and re-elected delegates and senators on their victories. Tonight, by voting in Democratic majorities in both chambers of the General Assembly, Virginians sent a clear, powerful message that will resonate across this nation and shake the walls of the White House.

Virginians were not fooled by Republicans who spent the campaign pretending they’re moderate, pretending they’re for health care, pretending they’re for sensible gun regulations, pretending they don’t even know who Donald Trump is.

Voters are tired of Republicans putting their own political agenda ahead of their constituents’ needs and are ready for representatives who fight for them. Tonight’s results show that Democrats can take back our country, starting with Virginia, and begin the hard work of rebuilding the middle class and restoring the soul of our nation. 


Cory 2020
November 5, 2019

Cory Booker Statement on Democratic Gains in Races Across the Country

Newark, NJ — Cory Booker issued the following statement after Democrats came out victorious in elections across the country:

“Congratulations to all the Democrats who came away victorious tonight -- and congratulations to the countless volunteers who knocked on doors, phone banked, and fought hard to flip state legislatures, governorships, and more. And thank you to those candidates who came up short but put their names on the ballot and fought hard to deliver change. 

“Americans are rejecting Trump’s divisive brand of politics all over the country and Democrats are winning in places like Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Virginia because they are focused on issues that matter to people and communities that are being left out and left behind. 

“Every Democrat running for president should take note -- this election can’t just be about beating Trump, it has to be about being a candidate that can speak to all of the Democratic party, and can energize, excite, and ignite a diverse coalition of voters. And that’s the sort of campaign I’m running.”
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Bullock for President
November 5, 2019

Bullock Campaign Statement on Iowa Election Results

Des Moines, IA – Following a successful Election Night for Democratic candidates across Iowa, Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s Iowa campaign released the following statement:

“Iowa Democrats won hard-fought elections across the state by focusing on the issues that matter to working families. Because of their courageous leadership and grit, Iowans will have stronger public schools, more prosperous communities, and new voices in government who will fight to ensure a fair shot for everyone,” said Bullock for President Iowa State Director Megan Simpson. 

Simpson continued, “Tonight’s success proves that candidates who focus on providing serious solutions to the issues facing Iowa communities can win elections across the state. As we head into the most important election in our lifetimes, caucus-goers are looking for a candidate who can beat Donald Trump — and that’s Montana Governor Steve Bullock. As the only candidate who’s proven he can win back the places our Party has lost, Governor Bullock’s progressive, achievable vision will beat Donald Trump, spur Democratic success from river to river, and ensure no community is left behind.”

Governor Bullock's Iowa campaign canvassed statewide for the following Democratic candidates:

Boone County
  • Carrie Galvan, Boone City Council
Dallas County
  • Michael Schrodt, Waukee School Board
Dubuque County
  • Danny Sprank, Dubuque City Council
Johnson County
  • Janice Weiner, Iowa City Council
Linn County
  • Cindy Garlock, Cedar Rapids School Board
Marshall County
  • Dex Walker, Marshalltown City Council
Polk County
  • Jeff Perry, Ankeny City Council
  • Desheara Bohanna, Ankeny School Board
  • Amy Tagliareni, Ankeny School Board
  • Scott Syroka, Johnston City Council
  • Suresh Reddy, Johnston City Council
  • Bridget Carberry-Montgomery, Urbandale City Council
  • Matt Blake, Urbandale City Council
  • Ashley Anderson, Urbandale School Board
Pottawattamie County
  • Jill Shudak, Council Bluffs School Board
Story County
  • Rachel Junck, Ames City Council
Winneshiek County
  • Emily Neal, Decorah City Council
Woodbury County
  • Julie Schoenherr, Sioux City Council
Bullock for President
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Governor Bullock Statement on Election Results

Helena, MT – After a night that saw Democrats win major victories in Virginia and Kentucky, Montana Governor Steve Bullock released the following statement:

“Tonight’s results are a wake-up call for national Democrats. The path to winning back the places we’ve lost isn’t through impractical proposals or the latest Beltway obsessions — it’s by focusing on solving problems in the here and now. That’s how I’ve won three elections in a red state and it’s why tonight we can congratulate Governor-Elect Andy Beshear of the great state of Kentucky,” said Montana Governor Steve Bullock.
Tom Steyer 2020
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Tom Steyer on Virginia’s Historic Turning Tide

(SAN FRANCISCO, November 5, 2019) — Today, Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer released the following statement applauding the efforts of Virginia Democrats in turning the General Assembly blue: 

“This Democratic victory is a clarion call for the American people, rejecting the divisive and bigoted Republican policies which hurt families and give corporations unchecked power. Tonight, Virginia voters made history by taking control of their democracy and giving power back to the people. 

This victory belongs to Virginians all across the state who took time out of their busy lives to make their voices heard in this critical election. Our campaign is proud to have been part of the record numbers of Democratic volunteers who poured into the state to ensure voters’ voices were heard. The people-powered grassroots movement seen today in Virginia will fight to eliminate hate, support families, push back against corporate greed, and put our nation back on a path towards reclaiming our future.” 


Donald J. Trump for President
November 5, 2019

Trump campaign statement on Mississippi election

“President Trump’s rally and endorsement in Mississippi undoubtedly had an impact and helped Governor-elect Tate Reeves nail down his victory. Governor Reeves will be a tremendous conservative leader for Mississippians in fighting for freedom and keeping taxes low. He will also be a key ally as 2020 approaches and President Trump continues building momentum for re-election.”
- Brad Parscale, Trump 2020 campaign manager

Human Rights Campaign
November 6, 2019

Anti-Trans Messaging Falls Flat Across 2019 Races

For months, anti-equality activists have utilized an outdated playbook attempting to paint LGBTQ equality as a wedge issue. But in reality, they have failed to realize the ground has shifted underneath them across the country. The results in Virginia and Kentucky prove that equality wins and that voters have no appetite for anti-equality extremism.
PLOY: American Principles Project developed digital ads in attempts to instill fear and demonize transgender children among the voting public.
New York Times: A Conservative Push to Make Trans Kids and School Sports the Next Battleground in the Culture War 
RESULT: Pro-Equality Andy Beshear Ousts Anti-Equality Gov. Matt Bevin

PLOY: Prince William County GOP launched a transphobic attack on Del. Danica Roem
The Advocate: Danica Roem Hit With Transphobic Ad as Virginia Election Looms
PLOY: Anti-Equality donors spent big to unseat historic Del. Danica Roem
Daily Beast: Danica Roem, Trans History Maker, Fights Another Anti-LGBT Candidate—and Their Donors—in Virginia
RESULT: Pro-Equality Del. Danica Roem Wins Reelection; Almost Doubles 2017 Margin

PLOY: Anti-Equality Paul Milde flooded homes with transphobic mailers that incorrectly used the word “transgendered”
RESULT: Pro-Equality Joshua Cole defeats Anti-Equality Paul Milde

PLOY: Majority Leader Tim Hugo accused children of lying about their gender identity to gain access to bathrooms and locker rooms.
He said, “it’s not the potential, it happens--that somebody will say, ‘I now identify as a girl or I identify as a boy, I want to use the boys locker room but I'm biologically a girl and vice versa.’” [WMAL, 5/11/15]
RESULT: Pro-Equality Dan Helmer defeats Anti-Equality Majority Leader Tim Hugo

November 6, 2019

CAIR, Jetpac, MPower Change: 26 American Muslim Candidates Win in Nov. 5 Elections for Total of 34 Muslims Elected in 2019

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, and Jetpac, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing American Muslim representation in politics and the media, and MPower Change, one of the largest Muslim-led social and racial justice organizations in the United States, today reported 26 American Muslim electoral victories nationwide in yesterday's off-year election.

[NOTE: These results are preliminary and subject to change.]

Throughout 2019, CAIR, Jetpac and MPower Change have identified at least 34 Muslim candidates who won elections in local and statewide races across the country. More than 80 Muslims ran for office this year at the local and state level.

"These electoral victories clearly indicate that American Muslims are stepping up and showing their commitment to public service," said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. "We congratulate these Muslim trailblazers who are creating a more inclusive democracy for everyone."

"American Muslims are running for office in large numbers because more of us are realizing that we have a unique perspective that will help fix massive inequities in healthcare, education, and the criminal legal system," said Jetpac Executive Director Mohammed Missouri. "We're also aware that staying on the sidelines while anti-Muslim bigotry runs rampant will increase the threat to our community. A truly representative Democracy will help us get out of this dark era as a stronger society."

"What do Muslim Americans do during a time of heightened Islamophobia under a xenophobic administration? We run for office and win," said MPower Change's Executive Director Linda Sarsour. "Muslim Americans are engaging in the democratic process in unprecedented ways and we can't wait to continue this wave in 2020 to save our democracy."

CAIR, Jetpac, and MPower Change's preliminary statistical breakdown of American Muslim candidates running for office in 2019 shows:

  • 81 Muslim candidates in total ran for an elected office in 2019
    • 29 women
    • 52 men
  • Of those, 34 Muslims won elections in the 2019 calendar year
    • 16 women
    • 18 men
  • Of those, 26 Muslim candidates won their election yesterday
    • 13 of those Muslim candidates won an election for the first time yesterday
      • 7 women
      • 6 men
    • 13 of those Muslim candidates were incumbents won reelection yesterday
      • 5 women
      • 8 men
CAIR, Jetpac, and MPower Change maintain an up-to-date public database of over 500 Muslim candidates that have run for office in the past several years.
SEE: American Muslim Candidate Master List

On behalf of the American Muslim community, CAIR, Jetpac, and MPower Change congratulate the following Muslim candidates on their hard-fought and trailblazing victories:

  • Pious Ali – Portland City Council (reelection)
  • Safiya Khalid – Lewiston City Council
  • Fazlul Kabir – College Park City Council (reelection)
  • Mehreen Butt  Wakefield Town Council (reelection)
  • Afroz Khan – Newburyport City Council (reelection)
  • Sumbul Siddiqui – Cambridge City Council (reelection)
  • Nadia Mohamed – St. Louis Park City Council
  • Abdisalam Adam  Fridley School Board (appointed in 2018 to fill a vacant seat but elected by the public for the first time yesterday)
New Jersey
  • Jamillah Beasley - Irvington Municipal Council (reelection)
  • Mustafa Al-Mutazzim Brent – East Orange City Council (reelection)
  • Denise Sanders  Teaneck Board of Education (reelection)
  • Raghib Muhammad  Montgomery Township Board of Education
  • Adnan Zakaria – Prospect Park City Council (reelection)
  • Esllam Zakaria – Prospect Park Board of Education (reelection)
  • Omar Tarazi – Hilliard City Council
  • Omar Sabir  Philadelphia City Commission
  • Buta Biberaj – Loudoun County Commonwealth's Attorney
  • Ghazala Hashmi – Senate District 10
  • Babur Lateef – Prince William County School Board (reelection)
  • Harris Mahedavi – Loudon County School Board
  • Abrar Omeish – Fairfax County School Board
  • Sam Rasoul – House of Delegates District 11 (reelection)
  • Ibraheem Samirah – House of Delegates District 86 (reelection)
  • Lisa Zargarpur – Prince William County School Board
  • Turan Kayaoglu – Puyallup School Board
  • Zahra Roach – Pasco City Council
In July, CAIR, Jetpac and MPower Change released an updated version of their report, 'The Rise of American Muslim Changemakers,' documenting the 323 American Muslims who at that time ran for public office since the election of Donald Trump in 2016 and the subsequent rise in anti-Muslim bigotry. CAIR and Jetpac note that as of this posting, the number of American Muslims who have run for office since 2016 is 365.

SEE: CAIR, MPower Change and Jetpac Release Updated Report on Muslim Political Mobilization in the Trump Era

The report includes profiles of those who ran for office during 2018 and 2019, including newly-elected Pennsylvania State Representative Movita Johnson-Harrell, Virginia State Delegate Dr. Ibraheem Samirah and Montgomery (New Jersey) Township Mayor Sadaf Jaffer, among many others elected in 2019.

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

Jetpac (Justice Education Technology Political Advocacy Center) is a training and educational organization that seeks to build a strong American Muslim political infrastructure and increase the community's influence and engagement.

MPower Change is one of the largest Muslim-led social and racial justice organizations in the United States. Rooted in the Islamic faith and the Prophetic model, it believes in building a more just world for all people.

CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw
CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper
SOURCE Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Everytown for Gun Safety
November 5, 2019

Gun Safety Sweep in Virginia: Everytown for Gun Safety’s $2.5 Million Investment and Moms Demand Action’s Grassroots Army Flip General Assembly to a Gun Sense Majority, Creating a Roadmap for 2020

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund Was Largest Outside Investor in Virginia’s 2019 Elections, Helping Replace NRA-Backed Candidates With Gun Sense Champions in NRA’s Home State 
After Virginia Republicans Failed to Act on Gun Safety Following the Deadly Virginia Beach Shooting in May 2019, Virginia Moms Demand Action Activated its Volunteers to Hold Lawmakers Accountable

RICHMOND, Va. — Everytown for Gun Safety and the Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a part of Everytown, declared victory in Virginia’s 2019 elections as Gun Sense Candidates won across the Commonwealth. The Virginia General Assembly flipped to a gun sense majority, with Democrats now controlling both the state Senate and House of Delegates in the NRA’s home state. The election results tonight are widely viewed as a precursor for the 2020 elections, up and down the ballot.

Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund invested $2.5 million in Virginia’s 2019 elections, spending across 22 of the most competitive Senate and House districts, making Everytown the largest outside spender in Virginia’s 2019 elections.

“In the wake of the Virginia Beach shooting, Republicans sided with the gun lobby over gun safety, and it cost them their jobs and the majority. Only after realizing they made a huge political mistake did Virginia Republicans try to hide their records, but it didn’t fool voters,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Make no mistake about it: This victory will resonate around the country, and should terrify elected officials up and down the ballot who have stood in the way of gun safety.”

“We pledged that if lawmakers didn’t take a vote, we would take their jobs. And tonight, we kept that promise,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “These results prove that the NRA’s agenda is now so toxic that its support is a liability even in its own backyard. We’ll take this momentum into 2020 and turn the gun lobby’s weakness into wins in state and federal races.”

“Tonight, we elected leaders who will do what it takes to keep our families and communities safe,” said Jennifer Herrera, a volunteer with the Virginia chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “Moms Demand Action volunteers will stand with our new lawmakers every step of the way, and make sure that come January, the Commonwealth finally passes the common-sense gun laws we need.”

“Gun safety was a top issue for Virginia voters and Everytown’s record-setting investment was instrumental in helping Democratic candidates communicate on it bolder than ever before,” said Jessica Post, president of the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. “Everytown and Moms Demand Action were exceptional partners in the fight for Virginia’s General Assembly and we look forward to continuing to work with them to flip even more chambers in 2020.”

This victory for gun safety came just months after the Republican-controlled General Assembly failed to take action during a special session in the wake of the deadly Virginia Beach shooting, ending it after just 90 minutes without any votes on broadly popular measures like background checks on all gun sales or red flag legislation. Public polling and Everytown-conducted voter research both showed gun safety was the top issue for Virginia voters.

Everytown’s $2.5 million investment in Virginia’s elections included (more details here):

  • Endorsing 25 candidates across Virginia
  • $750,000 in digital ads highlighting Virginia Republican candidate’s opposition to gun safety
  • $620,000 in direct mail highlighting Virginia Republican candidates’ opposition to gun safety
  • $330,000 to support candidate TV ads advocating for gun safety, including: $100,000 to Missy Cotter Smasal’s campaign in Virginia’s 8th Senate District, $50,000 to Debra Rodman’s campaign for Virginia’s 12th Senate District and $75,000 to John Bell’s campaign in Virginia’s 13th Senate District 
  • $538,000 in direct contributions, including: $175,000 to the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus, $150,000 to the Virginia House Democratic Caucus, $100,000 to Democratic Party of Virginia’s Coordinated Campaign and $113,000 to Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund endorsed candidates
  • $270,000 in district by district polling and battleground message testing 
Since Virginia’s 2017 elections, the Moms Demand Action chapter in the Commonwealth quadrupled in size. Leading up to the election, Moms Demand Action volunteers spent months talking to voters, knocking on tens of thousands of doors and making more than 100,000 phone calls.

November 6, 2019

NRA Statement on 2019 Election Results

FAIRFAX, Va.– The National Rifle Association released the following statement on the 2019 election results:

"As if Gov. Northam’s legacy of ineptitude wasn’t enough, Virginians are about to experience life under a distant tycoon’s thumb. Candidates who proudly accepted Bloomberg’s cash—and every voter they misled—will soon realize the cost of being beholden to a Manhattan billionaire who despises Virginians’ right to self-defense. Fortunately, many NRA-backed candidates in Virginia, New Jersey, Kentucky and Mississippi prevailed over their Bloomberg-funded opponents. As the battle continues, so does the NRA’s defense of the Second Amendment rights of all Americans.”