VA Competitive Districts – 2019 Elections

This post summarizes the 5 competitive Virginia Senate and 20 House of Delegate Districts in the recent elections on November 5, 2019.  Each district has a short description of its boundaries, pictures of the candidates, a link to a post focused on the candidates and their positions on issues, and links to posts on each candidate.  Feature image for this post shows the regional location for each of these districts.

In compiling this post, we used Ned Oliver’s Virginia Mercury article as a guide.

> To view all the Virginia competitive races in this post, select this post’s title.

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VA Senate 10 – 2019 Election

District Description: Powhatan County (All), Chesterfield County (Part), Richmond City (Part)
Current Senator: Glen Sturtevant since 2016 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Another increasingly Democratic district that Republicans barely held onto in 2015. (Democrats have carried the district in every statewide and national election since 2013.) Sturtevant, a lawyer, cast himself as a moderate, breaking with the majority of his party to back the ERA and red flag laws. Democrats say it was too little, too late, noting, among other things, his vote against universal background checks. He’ll face Hashmi, who directs a teaching center at Reynolds Community College.”


VA 2019 Senate Competitive Districts

Virginia onAir curators – college student interns – have summarized here the 5 competitive Virginia Senate races in the November 5, 2019 election.  In one quick glance, by each district, you see its regional location, its boundaries, the candidates, and their positions on issues. Curators also fully describe each candidate in-depth, on their profile.

To view this post, select the feature image or post title.

To view more details on each competitive district, go to a subcategory, like Southeastern VA Senate Candidates.  To view ALL the candidates running for the 40 Senate districts, go to this slide show.

In compiling this post, we used Ned Oliver’s Virginia Mercury article as a guide. If you know of other competitive districts, we will be happy to consider them for inclusion in this post.

Curators will continue to focus on these districts and will request to video each candidate in an interview on the important issues.

VA Senate 6 – 2019

District Description: Accomack County (All), Mathews County (All), Northampton County (All), Norfolk City (Part), Virginia Beach City (Part)
Current Senator: Lynwood Lewis since 2014 (D)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“It sounds like a bit of a long shot, but it’s the one place Republicans have said they think they might have an opportunity to pick up a district.”

VA Senate 7 – 2019

District Description: Virginia Beach City (Part), Norfolk City (Part)
Current Senator: Frank W. Wagner since 2001 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Another pick-up opportunity Democrats say is made better by a recent retirement, in this case longtime GOP Sen. Frank Wagner. Democrats nominated Turpin, a high school teacher who won election to the House as part of the 2017 blue wave. She’ll face Kiggans, a former Navy pilot and nurse practitioner. Northam won this seat with 54 percent of the vote, but in the words of one Republican operative, it’s “swingy” – Trump narrowly edged out Clinton here in 2016 and Obama won in 2012.”

VA Senate 12 – 2019

District Description: Henrico County (Part), Hanover County (Part)
Current Senator: Siobhan Dunnavant since 2016 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats say Henrico is solidly blue now. Ergo, they say, it makes sense the district would elect a Democrat. To make their point, they note Dunnavant, who has held the district since 2015, doesn’t note her party affiliation or the fact that she’s conservative in television spots she’s been running. But their margins in the districts are still narrow. Northam won by just 5 points. Republicans counter that Dunnavant’s status as a doctor puts her on solid footing during a year health care is expected to be a major subject of debate. She faces Rodman, an anthropology professor who won election to the House in 2017.”

VA Senate 13 – 2019 Election

District Description: Loudoun County (Part), Prince William County (Part)
Current Senator: Richard Black since 2012 (R)

According to Ned Oliver of Virginia Mercury:

“Democrats tried and failed here in 2015, pumping $1.6 million into a campaign to unseat GOP Sen. Dick Black, who is not running for reelection. This year, Bell, a Democratic state delegate, will face Higgins, a Loudoun supervisor. With no incumbent in the way, Democrats see it as their most obvious opportunity to pick up a district that’s been trending bluer for years and Northam won with 55 percent of the vote.”

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