Virginia May Finally Turn Red Again

( It took a few election cycles for Virginia to shift from a purple state to a straight-up blue state. But given the trajectory of the 2022 Midterm elections, Virginia Republicans believe there is a good chance they can flip the state to red.

Democrats were caught off guard last year when Republicans won all statewide races, including Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General, as they were certain the recent elections had given them a lock on the state.

And with Republicans poised to win significant gains in the Midterms, Virginia GOP believes Biden’s unpopularity could have a ripple effect down-ballot.

According to Virginia’s veteran political analyst Bob Holsworth, between Biden’s terrible poll numbers and the overwhelming majority of Americans who think the country is heading in the wrong direction, at least two or three Virginia incumbents could lose their House seats in November.

Two Virginia House Democrats, Congresswomen Elaine Luria (VA-2) and Abigail Spanberger (VA-7) had their districts downgraded to “toss-up” by the Cook Political Report.

Meanwhile, the Virginia GOP has set its sights on a third Democrat, Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton (VA-10).

Holsworth said Elaine Luria is already in a difficult district for Democrats while Spanberger’s district is considered very competitive. He said Wexton may be another who gets washed away in a red wave.

Governor Glenn Youngkin’s former campaign advisor Kristen Davison told The Hill if she was Elaine Luria or Abigail Spanberger, she would be “very scared of running for reelection in Glenn Youngkin’s Virginia.”

Meanwhile, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee denies Luria, Spanberger, or Wexton have anything to worry about, claiming their proven records will win them reelection.

Monica Robinson, a spokeswoman for the DCCC, said the Virginia Democrats can run on infrastructure and a “booming economy” (yeah, really) while Republicans only offer “toxic extremism” and putting women and doctors in jail over abortion.

That sounds a lot like whistling past the graveyard.