Democrats raised 78 percent more than Republicans in seven flipped Virginia House seats

Elections for all 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates took place on November 2, 2021. Democrats lost their majority in the chamber. Republicans regained their majority, winning 52 seats to Democrats’ 48 seats. Seven seats changed party hands as a result of the elections this year. In those seats, Democrats raised $12.3 million and Republicans raised $5.4 million between Jan. 1, 2020, and Nov. 25, 2021.

In all of these districts, the Democratic candidate raised more money than the Republican candidate. The district with the largest difference in fundraising was District 91 (166 percent) and the district with the smallest difference in fundraising was District 12 (48 percent).

Heading into the election, Democrats held 55 seats and Republicans held 45 seats. There were 93 districts with both a Democratic and Republican candidate on the ballot. This was the first election cycle since 1999 with Democrats defending a majority in the chamber.

Fundraising in seats that changed party hands

District 12 – $2,751,364.52

Incumbent Chris Hurst (D) raised $1,703,629 and Jason Ballard (R) raised $1,047,735.

Ballard received 55.2 percent of the vote and Hurst received 44.4 percent. 

District 28 – $3,542,970.39

Incumbent Joshua Cole (D) raised $2,430,940 and Tara Durant (R) raised $1,112,030.

Durant received 51.0 percent of the vote and Cole received 48.8 percent. 

District 63 – $1,776,979.15

Incumbent Lashrecse Aird (D) raised $1,509,705 and Kim Taylor (R) raised $267,273.

Taylor received 51.1 percent of the vote and Aird received 48.8 percent. 

District 75 – $2,417,257.41

Incumbent Roz Tyler (D) raised $1,514,495 and H. Otto Wachsmann Jr. (R) raised $902,762.

Wachsmann received 52.6 percent of the vote and Tyler received 47.3 percent. 

District 83 – $3,099,477.32

Incumbent Nancy Guy (D) raised $2,175,443 and Tim Anderson (R) raised $924,034.

Anderson received 51.3 percent of the vote and Guy received 48.7 percent. 

District 85 – $3,365,580.81

Incumbent Alex Askew (D) raised $2,310,631 and Karen Greenhalgh (R) raised $1,054,949.

Greenhalgh received 50.2 percent of the vote and Askew received 49.7 percent. 

District 91 – $716,551.91

Incumbent Martha Mugler (D) raised $654,344, Aijalon Cordoza (R) raised $60,330, and Charles West (L) raised $1,877.

Cordoza received 49.4 percent of the vote and Mugler received 49.0 percent. 

The data above are based on campaign finance reports that active Virginia candidate political action committees (candidate PACs) submitted to the Virginia Department of Elections. It includes fundraising activity between Jan. 1, 2020, and Nov. 25, 2021. Candidate PACs represent individuals who have run for state or local office at any point, including past and present officeholders. This article does not include non-candidate PACs.

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