Virginia House / Virginia Senate
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Cheryl Turpin, Virginia State Senate District 7
2019 Race Update: Cheryl lost 49.49% to 50.36%
Debra Rodman, Virginia State Senate District 12
2019 Race Update: Debra lost 49.06% to 50.76%
Amy Laufer, Virginia State Senate District 17
2019 Race Update: Amy lost 48.11% to 51.58%
John Bell, Virginia State Senate District 13
2019 Race Update: John won 54.26% to 45.63%
Missy Cotter Smasal, Virginia State Senate District 8
2019 Race Update: 47.75% to 52.11%
Ghazala Hashmi, Virginia State Senate District 10
2019 Race Update: Ghazala won 54.08% to 45.81%
2021 Redistricting Update
The Virginia State Senate will not be on the ballot in 2021. All 100 Virginia House of Delegate districts will be on the ballot; EveryDistrict will be supporting candidates to ensure Democrats hold their House majority. EveryDistrict is closely tracking redistricting; updated LDI scores and district rankings will be provided once we know more. The current LDI scores are for the 2019 cycle.
2019 Election Update
On Election Day 2019, Democrats flipped the Virginia State Senate. Democrats now control the Virginia State Senate 21-19. EveryDistrict endorsed both of the successful challengers who flipped districts: Ghazala Hashmi (SD 10) and John Bell (SD 13). EveryDistrict also endorsed four other challengers: Cheryl Turpin (SD 7), Missy Cotter Smasal (SD 8), Debra Rodman (SD 12), and Amy Laufer (SD 17).
See the table below for 2019 election results.
Understanding the Map
EveryDistrict’s Legislative District Index (LDI) is the gold standard of state legislative competitiveness. Our LDI ranks state legislative districts on a scale from 100 to -100, using statewide elections data. Districts with a score of 100 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Democratic candidate receiving 100% of the vote); districts with a score of -100 would vote for statewide Republican candidates by an average of 100 points (with the Republican candidate receiving 100% of the vote). For a more realistic example, a district with a score of 10 would vote for statewide Democratic candidates by an average of 10 points (meaning we would expect the Democratic state legislative candidate to win with 55% of the vote compared to the Republican winning 45% of the vote).
After the 2018 election, EveryDistrict reviewed and enhanced our LDI system, improving the accuracy of the metric with new methodologies and the most recent electoral data.
For more information about EveryDistrict’s LDI, please click here.