Elections for all 100 seats in the Virginia House of Delegates are taking place on November 2, 2021. Democrats hold 55 seats and Republicans hold 45 seats. This is the first election cycle since 1999 with Democrats defending a majority in the chamber.
Ballotpedia has identified 22 battleground races in these elections. Sixteen are in Democrat-held districts, and six are in Republican-held districts. Based on analysis of these districts’ electoral histories, these races have the potential to be more competitive than other races and could possibly lead to shifts in a chamber’s partisan balance.
Elections were selected as battleground races if they fit one or more of the four factors listed below:
Across these battleground districts, Democratic candidates have raised a total of $10.0 million, while Republican candidates have raised a total of $4.8 million. The average is $455,162 per Democratic candidate and $220,148 per Republican candidate.
For comparison, across all general election candidates in the state, Democratic candidates raised an average of $309,606 and Republican candidates raised an average of $113,046.
|District||Democrat||Funds raised||Republican||Funds raised||2019 margin of victory||2020 presidential result||2021 Fundraising difference|
|District 10||Wendy Gooditis (i)||$713,788.18||Nick Clemente||$713,326.86||D+4.7||D+16.2||D+$461.32|
|District 12||Chris Hurst (i)||$666,962.18||Jason Ballard||$268,767.13||D+7.2||D+5.6||D+$398,195.05|
|District 21||Kelly Convirs-Fowler (i)||$293,795.62||Tanya Gould||$121,031.40||D+9.2||D+12.6||D+$172,764.22|
|District 26||Brent Finnegan||$185,672.10||Tony Wilt (i)||$173,656.92||R+8.1||R+5.7||D+$12,015.18|
|District 27||Debra Gardner||$406,663.93||Roxann Robinson (i)||$259,776.13||R+0.6||D+8.3||D+$146,887.80|
|District 28||Joshua Cole (i)||$617,479.37||Tara Durant||$238,446.24||D+4||D+10.5||D+$379,033.13|
|District 31||Elizabeth Guzman (i)||$918,627.01||Ben Baldwin||$111,337.74||D+5.4||D+14.7||D+$807,289.27|
|District 40||Dan Helmer (i)||$751,851.02||Harold Pyon||$348,732.88||D+4.8||D+25||D+$403,118.14|
|District 50||Michelle Maldonado||$212,254.62||Steve Pleickhardt||$15,959.88||D+6.8||D+26.1||D+$196,294.74|
|District 51||Briana Sewell||$490,068.41||Tim Cox||$30,989.82||D+9.3||D+12.8||D+$459,078.59|
|District 66||Katie Sponsler||$268,540.56||Mike Cherry||$293,167.75||R+4.7||D+10.3||R+$24,627.19|
|District 68||Dawn Adams (i)||$393,149.30||Mark Earley Jr.||$191,649.49||D+9.3||D+19.4||D+$201,499.81|
|District 72||Schuyler VanValkenburg (i)||$672,504.92||Christopher Holmes||$137,482.63||D+6.7||D+15.9||D+$535,022.29|
|District 73||Rodney Willett (i)||$643,732.59||Mary Margaret Kastelberg||$284,426.15||D+4.5||D+20.5||D+$359,306.44|
|District 75||Roz Tyler (i)||$418,506.79||H. Otto Wachsmann Jr.||$214,222.58||D+1.1||D+7.3||D+$204,284.21|
|District 81||Jeffrey Feld||$58,182.81||Barry Knight (i)||$152,187.25||R+4.4||R+3.7||R+$94,004.44|
|District 83||Nancy Guy (i)||$663,716.72||Tim Anderson||$249,838.37||D+0.2||D+15.1||D+$413,878.35|
|District 84||Kimberly Melnyk||$227,172.73||Glenn Davis (i)||$566,940.37||R+2.5||D+2.9||R+$339,767.64|
|District 85||Alex Askew (i)||$641,039.39||Karen Greenhalgh||$167,802.67||D+3.4||D+11.9||D+$473,236.72|
|District 91||Martha Mugler (i)||$377,764.82||Aijalon Cordoza||$39,729.26||D+9.7||D+8.3||D+$338,035.56|
|District 96||Mark Downey||$111,062.80||Amanda Batten (i)||$159,201.62||D+6.1||R+1||R+$48,138.82|
|District 100||Finale Norton||$281,046.64||Robert Bloxom Jr. (i)||$104,600.21||R+3.9||D+6.7||D+$176,446.43|
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 Aug. 31, 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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