Virginia state Senate special election offers preview of battle to make state Democratic trifecta

The start of 2019 brings special elections along with it. Here we go everyone!

Image result for virginiaA handful of states hold special elections today. One in particular that caught our attention is in Virginia, where State Del. Jennifer Boysko (D) and former state Del. Joe T. May (R) are running in the special election for State Senate District 33. The district’s former senator, Jennifer Wexton (D), was elected to represent Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.

Virginia currently has a divided government, with a Republican-controlled legislature and Democratic governor.

Republicans hold a 21-19 majority in the state Senate. All 40 seats are up for election on November 5, 2019. If Democrats retain control of District 33, the partisan breakdown will remain the same until the 2019 elections.

If Democrats flip the state Senate and the State House of Delegates, where Republicans hold a 51-49 majority, Virginia will become a Democratic state trifecta.

Boysko outraised May through December 27, taking in $490,000 to May’s $107,000.

The district has been represented by a Democrat since 2006. May previously ran for the seat in a 2014 special election as an independent, where he came in third with 9.8 percent of the vote.

A win in the special election for Republicans would give them an easier path toward holding their majority in November.

Sound familiar? This is a similar situation to what we described happening in Wisconsin, where conservatives have a 4-3 bloc on the state Supreme Court. So, while this April’s election cannot alter who controls the court, it can strengthen the Republican majority. In Virginia, Republicans will be looking to do the same, while Democrats have their eye on holding serve in this race, with their focus on trying to change partisan control at a future election date.

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