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+Mark Warner (D) i
2,466,500
55.99%
Daniel Gade (R)
1,934,199
43.91%
write-ins
4,388
0.10%

4,405,087

Registration: 5,975,833.
Total ballots cast: 4,486,821.
Plurality:  532,301 votes (12.08 percentage points).

VA Department of Elections



Notes: 

The Virginia Senate race was seen "solid Democrat," and Sen. Mark Warner (D), seeking a third term, defeated retired U.S. Army colonel and professor Daniel Gade (R) by a comfortable margin.

Warner, 65, spent over 20 years in business; he founded Columbia Capital, a venture capital firm and was an early investor in Nextel.  In 1996 he ran for U.S. Senate, challenging Sen. John Warner (R) and obtaining 47% of the vote.  Warner was elected governor of Virginia in 2001; he earned plaudits for his management, but was limited to one term.  He was seen as a possible 2008 presidential candidate until ruling it out in 2006.  In 2008 he was elected to the U.S. Senate.  He serves as ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Gade, 45, served as a U.S. Army officer from 1997 to 2017 after graduating from West Point.  In 2005 his right leg was amputated after combat in Iraq.  He went on to earn an M.P.A. and Ph.D in public administration and public policy.  He served
during the George W. Bush administration as associate director of the White House Domestic Policy Council and under the Trump administration as senior advisor (political appointee) to the U.S. Department of Labor focusing on veterans employment and training.  Gade won the June 23 primary with two-thirds of the vote, defeating Alissa Baldwin and Tom Speciale.

In the campaign, Warner noted that 55 of his bills had become law and spoke of helping "Virginians succeed in our new tech-driven economy."  Gade charged Warner was one of the career politicians who "go to Washington and they lose their way."

Warner and Gade engaged in three debates.  NBC News political director and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd moderated the first debate, sponsored by the Northern Virgina Chamber of Commerce and the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, on Sept. 23; the candidates participated virtually via Zoom (>).  The two met for a second debate, for 90 minutes, socially distanced, focused on race and inequality, at Norfolk State University on Oct. 3, broadcast by WAVY (Nexstar Media Group) (>).  On Oct. 13 they participated in a socially distanced debate from the studios of WTVR CBS 6 in Richmond, sponsored by AARP Virginia (>).

According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the race was not competitive financially.  The Warner campaign spent $17.0 million for the cycle compared to $4.9 million for the Gade campaign (>).


Campaign Managers:
Mark Warner  Bruce Sinclair
(announced Feb. 2020)  Coordinated campaign director for Sen. Tim Kaine's re-election in 2018.  Deputy GOTV director for the Florida Democratic Party in 2016.  Managed day to day activities on a NextGen Climate Action coalition building program for three years.  Worked for the Arkansas-based Markham Group.  New Mexico GOTV director on Obama's Campaign for Change in Fall 2008.  State director of the Arkansas Democratic Party to Aug. 2008.  Field director on Mike Beebe for Governor (AR) in 2006.  Field director on Tim Kaine’s successful gubernatorial bid in 2005.  Field director on Victory 2004, the Arkansas Democrats coordinated campaign.  Worked the Musgrove gubernatorial campaign in Mississippi in 2003, the Landrieu U.S. Senate runoff, and the 2002 South Carolina coordinated campaign.  Graduate of the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC with a degree in sociology.
 
Daniel Gade  Loren Hubbard
(May 2020; started as political director, Dec. 2019-May 2020)  Campaign manager on Chris Winslow for chesterfield County Board of Supervisors, May-Dec. 2019.  Judicial law clerk for 25th Judicial Circuit Court Chief Judge Charles L. Ricketts III, Aug. 2017-May 2018.  J.D. from University of Richmond School of Law, 2017; B.A. in political science and government from Hampden-Sydney College, 2013.




 
 

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