Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2021

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2021 Virginia
House Elections
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Elections for the Virginia House of Delegates took place in 2021. The primary was on June 8, 2021, and the general election was on November 2. Party committees could also choose to hold conventions instead of primaries. Those conventions were held throughout the spring of 2021. The filing deadline for primary candidates was March 25, 2021.[1]

Republicans won 52 races and Democrats won 48. Republicans flipped seven seats, one more than the six needed to give them control of the chamber. Democrats would have needed to hold at least 51 seats to maintain their majority. On November 16, Alex Askew (D) in District 85 and Martha Mugler (D) in District 91 announced they would request a recount, and both filed court petitions for recounts on November 17.[2][3] Officials declared Karen Greenhalgh (R) the District 85 winner on December 3, and Aijalon Cordoza (R) the District 91 winner on December 8.[4][5] With the recounts completed, Republicans secured a 52-48 majority in the House after the 2021 election.

All 100 seats were up for election, and, heading into the election, Democrats held a 55-seat majority to Republicans' 45 seats. This was the first election cycle since 1999 with Democrats defending a majority in the House. Democrats won control in the 2019 elections after Republicans had controlled the chamber since 2000.

The outcome of these elections, in addition to the state's gubernatorial election, also determined Virginia's trifecta status. Virginia became a Democratic trifecta in 2019 for the first time since 1994. Republicans won control of the House and the governorship in 2021, ending Democrats' trifecta control of the state.

Five of the ten preceding elections in the chamber saw net shifts of six seats or more: twice in Republicans' favor and three times in Democrats'. On average, 6.6 seats shifted control per election cycle during that same time frame. During Donald Trump's (R) presidency, Republicans lost 21 net seats (21% of the chamber) in the House, the most in any state legislative chamber in the country.[6]

Ballotpedia identified 25 of the races as battlegrounds. Democrats held 19 of the battleground districts and Republicans held six. Based on analysis of these districts' electoral histories, these races had the potential to be more competitive than other races and could possibly lead to shifts in a chamber's partisan balance.

Commentators described the House of Delegates elections as a gauge of political sentiment following Joe Biden's (D) election as president in 2020.[7][6][8][9] The presidential election winner's party lost seats in the House of Delegates in five of the seven state election years following a presidential election between 1993 and 2017.

The House of Delegates was one of three state legislative chambers holding elections in 2021. Redistricting in Virginia after the 2020 census will not affect this election, which will be held using districts drawn after the 2010 census.

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Election updates

  • 8:00 p.m. E.T. December 8: A panel of three circuit court judges declared Aijalon Cordoza (R) the winner in the District 91, meaning that Republicans won a 52-48 majority in the House.
  • 2:00 p.m. E.T. December 3: Karen Greenhalgh (R) was declared the winner in the District 85 race.
  • 8:00 p.m. E.T. November 30: Virginia Beach Deputy Registrar Christine Lewis said the recount for District 85 would begin December 2.
  • 6:00 p.m. E.T. November 17: Alex Askew (D) in District 85 and Martha Mugler (D) in District 91 filed court petitions requesting recounts.
  • 6:00 p.m. E.T. November 16: Certified results showed Republicans winning 52 seats, but Democratic candidates in District 85 and District 91 announced they would request a recount.
  • 4:00 p.m. E.T. November 15: Forty-eight seats called for Democrats, 50 called for Republicans. Two races remain uncalled in the following districts: District 85 and District 91.
  • 2:00 p.m. E.T. November 11: Forty-eight seats called for Democrats, 50 called for Republicans.
  • 2:00 p.m. E.T. November 10: Forty-seven seats called for Democrats, 50 called for Republicans. Three races remain uncalled in the following districts: District 21, District 85, and District 91.
  • 4:00 p.m. E.T. November 8: Forty-seven seats called for Democrats, 50 called for Republicans.
  • 4:00 p.m. E.T. November 3: Forty-six seats called for Democrats, 50 called for Republicans.
  • 5:00 a.m. E.T. November 3: Forty-five seats called for Democrats, 45 called for Republicans.
  • 4:00 a.m. E.T. November 3: Forty-five seats called for Democrats, 45 called for Republicans.
  • 3:00 a.m. E.T. November 3: Forty-five seats called for Democrats, 45 called for Republicans.
  • 2:00 a.m. E.T. November 3: Forty-two seats called for Democrats, 44 called for Republicans.
  • 1:00 a.m. E.T. November 3: Thirty-seven seats called for Democrats, 38 called for Republicans.
  • 12:00 a.m. E.T. November 3: Thirty-four seats called for Democrats, 36 called for Republicans.
  • 11:00 p.m. E.T. November 2: Twenty-seven seats called for Democrats, 33 called for Republicans.
  • 10:00 p.m. E.T. November 2: Nineteen seats called for Democrats, 32 called for Republicans.
  • 7:00 p.m. E.T. November 2: Polls closed.

What happens if the Virginia House is split 50-50?

In the event of a tied chamber, the House would vote on a power-sharing agreement and the Clerk of the House would preside over the vote for a speaker. Any tie vote in the chamber would reject any agreement, speaker, or legislation.[10]

In 1998, the chamber was split 50-50. Delegates adopted a power-sharing agreement by a 90-2 vote. This agreement left a Democrat as speaker but required the speaker to consult Republican leadership for committee assignments and committee membership was expanded. Committees had co-chairs from each party that rotated chair duties.[10]

Recount laws in Virginia

An election recount is a process by which votes cast in an election are re-tabulated to verify the accuracy of the original results. Recounts typically occur in the event of a close margin of victory, following accusations of election fraud, or due to the possibility of administrative errors. Recounts can either occur automatically or be requested by a candidate or voters.

Summary of recount laws

The list below shows answers to common questions regarding recounts in Virginia.[11]

  • Does state law require automatic recounts?
    • No.
  • When must an automatic recount be completed?
    • There are no automatic recounts in this state.
  • Can a recount be requested?
    • Yes, the recount can be requested within ten days after certification except that presidential election recounts must be requested within two days after the certification. Required margins vary between candidates on the ballot, write-in candidates, and ballot measures, as described below. There is no deadline for completion except that a presidential election recount must be completed no later than six days before the meeting of the Electoral College.
  • Who pays for a requested recount?
    • Varies. The state pays for candidate-requested recounts where the margin between the requester and the winning candidate is less than or equal to 0.5% of the votes cast for the two candidates. For any other candidate-requested recount and all voter-requested recounts, the requester pays.
  • Is a refund available for requested recount costs?
    • Yes. Costs paid by the requester are refunded if the recount changes the election outcome.
  • Can a partial recount be requested?
    • No.

Virginia recount procedures

Automatic recount procedures

Virginia does not require automatic recounts.

Requested recount procedures

Candidate-requested recounts
A candidate may request a recount of his or her race under the following circumstances:[12]

  • Candidate whose name appeared on the ballot: if the margin between the requester and the winning candidate is less than or equal to 1% of the total votes cast for the two candidates.
  • Write-in candidate: if the margin between the write-in requester and the winning candidate is less than or equal to 5% of the total votes cast for the two candidates.

The state covers the cost of a recount if the margin between the requester and the winning candidate is less than or equal to 0.5% of the total votes cast for the two candidates.[13]

Voter-requested recounts
A group of 50 or more voters may request a recount for a ballot measure if the margin between those for and those against the measure is either less than or equal to 50 votes or 1% of the total votes cast on the measure, whichever is greater.[12]

The state does not cover the cost of any voter-requested recount.

All recounts
In instances where the cost of the recount is not covered by the state, the requester is responsible for costs associated with the recount. If the recount changes the outcome of the election, the requester is refunded.[13]

The deadline to request a recount for any election other than the election of presidential electors is no later than 10 days after the certification of results. There is no set deadline for the competition of these requested recounts.[14]

The deadline to request a recount for the election of presidential electors no later than 5:00 p.m. on the second calendar day after the certification of results. Such a recount must be completed at least six days before the meeting of the Electoral College.[15]

For more information about recount procedures in Virginia, click here.

2021 battleground chamber

See also: 2021 battlegrounds

Battlegrounds are elections that Ballotpedia expects to have a meaningful effect on the balance of power in governments or to be particularly competitive or compelling. The Virginia House of Delegates elections were among 69 battleground primaries and general elections Ballotpedia was tracking in the 2021 cycle. This figure includes 11 state-level battlegrounds, 44 municipal battlegrounds, and 12 battleground elections for federal office. Click here for more information on battlegrounds.

What was at stake?

  • In 2019, Democrats won control of the chamber with a 55-45 majority. Republicans needed to gain six seats to take control of the chamber in 2021. Democrats needed to hold at least 51 seats to maintain their majority.
  • The outcome of these elections, in addition to the state's 2021 gubernatorial election, also determined Virginia's trifecta status. Virginia became a Democratic trifecta in 2019 for the first time since 1994. Republicans won control of the House and the governorship, meaning they broke Democrats' trifecta control of the state.

Why was it a battleground?

  • Seats needed to change control: Republicans needed to flip six of the 100 seats up for election (6% of the chamber) in order to win control of the House.
  • Seats decided by 10% or less in 2019: In the 2019 elections, 29 races (29% of the chamber) were decided by margins of 10% or smaller.
  • Seats that changed control in 2019: In the 2019 elections, six of the 100 seats up (6% of the chamber) changed partisan control.

Candidates

General election candidates

Virginia House of Delegates general election 2021

  • Incumbents are marked with an (i) after their name.
Office Democratic Party Democratic Republican Party Republican Other
District 1

Did not make the ballot:
Christopher Tomlinson 

Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Kilgore (i)

District 2

Green check mark transparent.pngCandi King (i)

Gina Ciarcia  Candidate Connection

District 3

Did not make the ballot:
Lasandra Thompson 

Green check mark transparent.pngJames Morefield (i)

District 4

Did not make the ballot:
Leslie Merris 

Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Wampler III (i)

Did not make the ballot:
Andrew Rose  (Libertarian Party) Candidate Connection

District 5

Did not make the ballot:
Mathew Matsunaga 

Green check mark transparent.pngIsrael O'Quinn (i)

District 6

Did not make the ballot:
Lily Formato 

Green check mark transparent.pngJeffrey Campbell (i)

District 7

Derek Kitts

Green check mark transparent.pngMarie March

District 8

Dustin Wimbish  (unofficially withdrew)  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph McNamara (i)

District 9

Bridgette Craighead

Green check mark transparent.pngWren Williams

District 10

Green check mark transparent.pngWendy Gooditis (i)

Nick Clemente  Candidate Connection

District 11

Green check mark transparent.pngS. Rasoul (i)

Charlie Nave

District 12

Chris Hurst (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngJason Ballard

District 13

Green check mark transparent.pngDanica Roem (i)

Christopher Stone

District 14

Rhett Deitz

Green check mark transparent.pngDanny Marshall (i)

District 15

Emily Scott  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Gilbert (i)

District 16

Chance Trevillian  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngLes Adams (i)

District 17

Did not make the ballot:
Becca Keeney 

Green check mark transparent.pngChris Head (i)

District 18

Douglas Ward  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Webert (i)

District 19

Wendy Rowden  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Austin (i)

Dean Davison (Libertarian Party)  Candidate Connection

District 20

Randall Wolf

Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Avoli (i)

District 21

Green check mark transparent.pngKelly Convirs-Fowler (i)

Tanya Gould

District 22

Greg Eaton

Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Byron (i)

Sarah Jerose (Libertarian Party)

District 23

Natalie Short

Green check mark transparent.pngWendell Walker (i)

District 24

Sam Soghor  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngRonnie Campbell (i)

District 25

Jennifer Kitchen  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngChris Runion (i)

District 26

William Helsley

Green check mark transparent.pngTony Wilt (i)

District 27

Debra Gardner

Green check mark transparent.pngRoxann Robinson (i)

Did not make the ballot:
Henry Staruk III  (Independent)

District 28

Joshua Cole (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngTara Durant

District 29

Deetzie Bayliss  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngBill Wiley (i)

District 30

Annette Hyde

Green check mark transparent.pngNick Freitas (i)

District 31

Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Guzman (i)

Ben Baldwin  Candidate Connection

District 32

Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Reid (i)

Scott Pio

Nicholas Allegro (Independent)

District 33

Paul Siker  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngDave LaRock (i)

District 34

Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen J. Murphy (i)

Gary Pan

District 35

Green check mark transparent.pngMark Keam (i)

Kevin McGrath

District 36

Green check mark transparent.pngKen Plum (i)

Matthew Lang  Candidate Connection

District 37

Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Bulova (i)

Kenneth Meteiver

District 38

Green check mark transparent.pngKaye Kory (i)

Tom Pafford

District 39

Green check mark transparent.pngVivian Watts (i)

Maureen Brody  Candidate Connection

Nathan Falu Febres (Independent Green Party of Virginia) (Write-in)

Did not make the ballot:
Nathan Falu Febres  (Independent Green Party of Virginia)

District 40

Green check mark transparent.pngDan Helmer (i)

Harold Pyon

District 41

Green check mark transparent.pngEileen Filler-Corn (i)

John Wolfe

District 42

Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Tran (i)

Ed McGovern

District 43

Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sickles (i)

Brenton Hammond  Candidate Connection

Aveesh Jain (Independent) (Write-in)

District 44

Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Krizek (i)

Richard Hayden

District 45

Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Bennett-Parker

Justin Maddox  Candidate Connection

District 46

Green check mark transparent.pngCharniele Herring (i)

Did not make the ballot:
Kyle Rooney 

District 47

Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Hope (i)

Laura Hall

District 48

Green check mark transparent.pngR.C. Sullivan, Jr. (i)

Edward Monroe  Candidate Connection

District 49

Green check mark transparent.pngAlfonso Lopez (i)

Timothy Kilcullen  Candidate Connection

Terry Modglin (Independent)  Candidate Connection

District 50

Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Maldonado

Steve Pleickhardt

District 51

Green check mark transparent.pngBriana Sewell

Tim Cox  Candidate Connection

District 52

Green check mark transparent.pngLuke Torian (i)

Maria Martin

District 53

Green check mark transparent.pngMarcus Simon (i)

Sarah White  Candidate Connection

District 54

Eric Butterworth  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngBobby Orrock (i)

District 55

Rachel Levy  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngBuddy Fowler (i)

District 56

Blakely Lockhart

Green check mark transparent.pngJohn McGuire (i)

District 57

Green check mark transparent.pngSally Hudson (i)

Philip Hamilton

District 58

Sara Ratcliffe

Green check mark transparent.pngRob Bell (i)

District 59

Benjamin Moses

Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Fariss (i)

Louis Scicli (Independent)  Candidate Connection

District 60

Did not make the ballot:
Daryl Haskins 

Green check mark transparent.pngJames Edmunds II (i)

District 61

Trudy Bell Berry

Green check mark transparent.pngTommy Wright (i)

Joseph Paschal (Libertarian Party)  Candidate Connection

District 62

Jasmine Gore

Green check mark transparent.pngCarrie Coyner (i)

District 63

Lashrecse Aird (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngKim Taylor

District 64

Michael Drewry  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngEmily Brewer (i)

District 65

Caitlin Coakley

Green check mark transparent.pngLee Ware (i)

District 66

Katie Sponsler  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngMike Cherry  Candidate Connection

District 67

Green check mark transparent.pngKarrie Delaney (i)

Robert Frizzelle  Candidate Connection

District 68

Green check mark transparent.pngDawn Adams (i)

Mark Earley Jr.

District 69

Green check mark transparent.pngBetsy Carr (i)

Sheila Furey

District 70

Green check mark transparent.pngDelores McQuinn (i)

David Vaught (Independent)

Did not make the ballot:
William Hawkins  (Libertarian Party) Candidate Connection

District 71

Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Bourne (i)

Nancye Hunter

District 72

Green check mark transparent.pngSchuyler VanValkenburg (i)

Christopher Holmes  Candidate Connection

District 73

Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Willett (i)

Mary Margaret Kastelberg

District 74

Green check mark transparent.pngLamont Bagby (i)

James Brooks  Candidate Connection

District 75

Roz Tyler (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngH. Otto Wachsmann Jr.

Did not make the ballot:
Kimberly Nadine Lowe 

District 76

Green check mark transparent.pngClinton Jenkins (i)

Michael Dillender

Craig Warren (Independent)  Candidate Connection

District 77

Green check mark transparent.pngCliff Hayes (i)

Geoffrey Burke  Candidate Connection

District 78

Melanie Cornelisse

Did not make the ballot:
Robert Stuart 

Green check mark transparent.pngJay Leftwich (i)

District 79

Green check mark transparent.pngNadarius Clark

Lawrence Mason

District 80

Green check mark transparent.pngDon Scott (i)

Deanna Stanton

Did not make the ballot:
Thomas DuBois  (Independent)

District 81

Jeffrey Feld

Green check mark transparent.pngBarry Knight (i)

Did not make the ballot:
Jeff Staples  (Independent)

District 82

Scott Flax

Green check mark transparent.pngAnne Ferrell Tata

District 83

Nancy Guy (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngTim Anderson  Candidate Connection

District 84

Kimberly Melnyk

Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Davis (i)

District 85

Alex Askew (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Greenhalgh

District 86

Green check mark transparent.pngIrene Shin

Julie Perry  Candidate Connection

District 87

Green check mark transparent.pngSuhas Subramanyam (i)

Gregory Moulthrop

District 88

Kecia Evans  Candidate Connection

Did not make the ballot:
Ashton Spencer  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngPhillip Scott

Timothy Lewis (Libertarian Party)  Candidate Connection

District 89

Green check mark transparent.pngJerrauld Jones (i)

Hahns Copeland

District 90

Green check mark transparent.pngAngelia Williams Graves (i)

Sylvia Bryant

District 91

Martha Mugler (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngAijalon Cordoza  Candidate Connection

Charles West (Libertarian Party)  Candidate Connection

District 92

Green check mark transparent.pngJeion Ward (i)

Benjamin Siff  Candidate Connection

District 93

Green check mark transparent.pngMichael P. Mullin (i)

Jordan Gray  Candidate Connection

District 94

Green check mark transparent.pngShelly Simonds (i)

Russ Harper  Candidate Connection

District 95

Green check mark transparent.pngMarcia Price (i)

David Wilson  Candidate Connection

District 96

Mark Downey

Green check mark transparent.pngAmanda Batten (i)

District 97

Stan Scott

Green check mark transparent.pngScott Wyatt (i)

District 98

Ella Webster

Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Hodges (i)

District 99

Linwood Blizzard

Green check mark transparent.pngMargaret Ransone (i)

Did not make the ballot:
Robert Easingwood  (Independent)

District 100

Finale Norton

Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Bloxom (i)


Primary election candidates

Virginia House of Delegates primary election 2021

  • Incumbents are marked with an (i) after their name.
  • * = The primary was canceled and the candidate advanced.
Office Democratic Party Democratic Republican Party Republican Other
District 1

The Democratic primary was canceled.


Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Kilgore* (i)

District 2

Green check mark transparent.pngCandi King (i)
Pamela Montgomery

Did not make the ballot:
Rozia Henson 

District 3

The Democratic primary was canceled.


Green check mark transparent.pngJames Morefield* (i)

District 4

The Democratic primary was canceled.


Green check mark transparent.pngWilliam Wampler III* (i)

District 5

Green check mark transparent.pngMathew Matsunaga*

Green check mark transparent.pngIsrael O'Quinn* (i)

District 6

The Democratic primary was canceled.


Green check mark transparent.pngJeffrey Campbell* (i)

District 7

Green check mark transparent.pngDerek Kitts
Tara Orlando  Candidate Connection

District 8

Green check mark transparent.pngDustin Wimbish*  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph McNamara* (i)

District 9

Green check mark transparent.pngBridgette Craighead*

Charles Poindexter (i)
Green check mark transparent.pngWren Williams

District 10

Green check mark transparent.pngWendy Gooditis* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngNick Clemente*  Candidate Connection

District 11

Green check mark transparent.pngS. Rasoul* (i)

Did not make the ballot:
Peter Volosin 

District 12

Green check mark transparent.pngChris Hurst* (i)

District 13

Green check mark transparent.pngDanica Roem* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Stone*

District 14

Green check mark transparent.pngRhett Deitz*

Green check mark transparent.pngDanny Marshall* (i)

District 15

Green check mark transparent.pngEmily Scott*  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngTodd Gilbert* (i)

District 16

Green check mark transparent.pngChance Trevillian*  Candidate Connection

District 17

Green check mark transparent.pngChris Head* (i)

District 18

Green check mark transparent.pngDouglas Ward*  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Webert* (i)

District 19

Green check mark transparent.pngTerry Austin* (i)

District 20

Green check mark transparent.pngRandall Wolf*

Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Avoli* (i)

District 21

Green check mark transparent.pngKelly Convirs-Fowler* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngTanya Gould*

District 22

Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Byron (i)
Isaiah Knight

District 23

Green check mark transparent.pngWendell Walker* (i)

District 24

Green check mark transparent.pngSam Soghor*  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngRonnie Campbell (i)
Mark Reed

District 25

Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer Kitchen*  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngChris Runion* (i)

District 26

Green check mark transparent.pngTony Wilt* (i)

District 27

Green check mark transparent.pngDebra Gardner*

Green check mark transparent.pngRoxann Robinson* (i)

District 28

Green check mark transparent.pngJoshua Cole* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngTara Durant*

District 29

Green check mark transparent.pngBill Wiley* (i)

District 30

Green check mark transparent.pngAnnette Hyde*

Green check mark transparent.pngNick Freitas* (i)

Did not make the ballot:
Paul Moog 

District 31

Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Guzman (i)
Rod Hall
Idris O'Connor  Candidate Connection
Kara Pitek

Green check mark transparent.pngBen Baldwin*  Candidate Connection

District 32

Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Reid* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngScott Pio*

District 33

Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Siker*  Candidate Connection

District 34

Green check mark transparent.pngKathleen J. Murphy (i)
Jennifer Adeli

Green check mark transparent.pngGary Pan*

District 35

Green check mark transparent.pngMark Keam* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngKevin McGrath*

District 36

Green check mark transparent.pngKen Plum (i)
Mary Barthelson  Candidate Connection

District 37

Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Bulova* (i)

District 38

Green check mark transparent.pngKaye Kory (i)
Holly Hazard  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngTom Pafford*

District 39

Green check mark transparent.pngVivian Watts* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngMaureen Brody*  Candidate Connection

District 40

Green check mark transparent.pngDan Helmer* (i)

District 41

Green check mark transparent.pngEileen Filler-Corn* (i)

District 42

Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Tran* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngEd McGovern*

District 43

Green check mark transparent.pngMark Sickles* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngBrenton Hammond*  Candidate Connection

District 44

Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Krizek* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Hayden*

District 45

Mark Levine (i)
Green check mark transparent.pngElizabeth Bennett-Parker

Did not make the ballot:
Clarence Tong 

District 46

Green check mark transparent.pngCharniele Herring* (i)

District 47

Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Hope* (i)

Did not make the ballot:
Matt Rogers  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngLaura Hall*

District 48

Green check mark transparent.pngR.C. Sullivan, Jr.* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngEdward Monroe*  Candidate Connection

District 49

Green check mark transparent.pngAlfonso Lopez (i)
Karishma Mehta  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngTimothy Kilcullen*  Candidate Connection

District 50

Lee Carter (i)
Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Maldonado
Helen Zurita

District 51

Green check mark transparent.pngBriana Sewell*

Green check mark transparent.pngTim Cox  Candidate Connection
Jeffery Anthony Dove Jr.

District 52

Green check mark transparent.pngLuke Torian* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngMaria Martin*

District 53

Green check mark transparent.pngMarcus Simon* (i)

District 54

Green check mark transparent.pngBobby Orrock* (i)

District 55

Green check mark transparent.pngRachel Levy*  Candidate Connection

Did not make the ballot:
Morgan Goodman 

Green check mark transparent.pngBuddy Fowler* (i)

District 56

Green check mark transparent.pngBlakely Lockhart*

Green check mark transparent.pngJohn McGuire* (i)

District 57

Green check mark transparent.pngSally Hudson* (i)

District 58

Green check mark transparent.pngSara Ratcliffe*

Green check mark transparent.pngRob Bell* (i)

District 59

Green check mark transparent.pngBenjamin Moses*

Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Fariss* (i)

District 60

The Democratic primary was canceled.


Green check mark transparent.pngJames Edmunds II* (i)

District 61

Green check mark transparent.pngTommy Wright* (i)

District 62

Green check mark transparent.pngJasmine Gore*

Did not make the ballot:
Gena Lashley 

Green check mark transparent.pngCarrie Coyner* (i)

District 63

Green check mark transparent.pngLashrecse Aird* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngKim Taylor*

District 64

Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Drewry*  Candidate Connection

Did not make the ballot:
James Taylor 
Michele Joyce 

Green check mark transparent.pngEmily Brewer* (i)

District 65

Green check mark transparent.pngCaitlin Coakley*

Green check mark transparent.pngLee Ware* (i)

District 66

Linnard Harris Sr.
Green check mark transparent.pngKatie Sponsler  Candidate Connection

Did not make the ballot:
Sheila Bynum-Coleman 

Green check mark transparent.pngMike Cherry*  Candidate Connection

District 67

Green check mark transparent.pngKarrie Delaney* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Frizzelle*  Candidate Connection

District 68

Green check mark transparent.pngDawn Adams (i)
Kyle Elliott  Candidate Connection

Mike Dickinson
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Earley Jr.

District 69

Green check mark transparent.pngBetsy Carr* (i)

Did not make the ballot:
Michael Jones 

District 70

Green check mark transparent.pngDelores McQuinn* (i)

The Republican primary was canceled.


District 71

Green check mark transparent.pngJeff Bourne (i)
Richard Walker  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngNancye Hunter*

District 72

Green check mark transparent.pngSchuyler VanValkenburg* (i)

Thomas Gardner
Green check mark transparent.pngChristopher Holmes  Candidate Connection

District 73

Green check mark transparent.pngRodney Willett* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngMary Margaret Kastelberg*

District 74

Green check mark transparent.pngLamont Bagby (i)
John Dantzler II

Green check mark transparent.pngJames Brooks*  Candidate Connection

District 75

Green check mark transparent.pngRoz Tyler* (i)

Did not make the ballot:
Tyler House 

Green check mark transparent.pngH. Otto Wachsmann Jr.*

District 76

Green check mark transparent.pngClinton Jenkins* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Dillender*

District 77

Green check mark transparent.pngCliff Hayes* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngGeoffrey Burke*  Candidate Connection

District 78

Green check mark transparent.pngMelanie Cornelisse*

Green check mark transparent.pngJay Leftwich* (i)

District 79

Steve Heretick (i)
Green check mark transparent.pngNadarius Clark
Dante' Walston

Green check mark transparent.pngLawrence Mason*

District 80

Green check mark transparent.pngDon Scott* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngDeanna Stanton*

District 81

Green check mark transparent.pngJeffrey Feld*

Green check mark transparent.pngBarry Knight* (i)

District 82

Green check mark transparent.pngScott Flax*

Did not make the ballot:
Victoria Luevanos 

District 83

Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Guy* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngTim Anderson  Candidate Connection
Phil Kazmierczak
Christopher Stolle

District 84

Tracie Liguid
Green check mark transparent.pngKimberly Melnyk

Did not make the ballot:
Karen Mallard 
Neil Smith  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Davis* (i)

District 85

Green check mark transparent.pngAlex Askew* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngKaren Greenhalgh*

District 86

Ibraheem Samirah (i)  Candidate Connection
Green check mark transparent.pngIrene Shin

Green check mark transparent.pngJulie Perry*  Candidate Connection

District 87

Green check mark transparent.pngSuhas Subramanyam* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngGregory Moulthrop*

District 88

Green check mark transparent.pngKecia Evans*  Candidate Connection

District 89

Green check mark transparent.pngJerrauld Jones (i)
Hannah Kinder  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngHahns Copeland*

District 90

Green check mark transparent.pngAngelia Williams Graves* (i)

Did not make the ballot:
Richard James 

Green check mark transparent.pngSylvia Bryant*

District 91

Green check mark transparent.pngMartha Mugler* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngAijalon Cordoza*  Candidate Connection

District 92

Green check mark transparent.pngJeion Ward* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngBenjamin Siff*  Candidate Connection

District 93

Green check mark transparent.pngMichael P. Mullin* (i)

District 94

Green check mark transparent.pngShelly Simonds* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngRuss Harper*  Candidate Connection

District 95

Green check mark transparent.pngMarcia Price* (i)

Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Wilson*  Candidate Connection

District 96

Green check mark transparent.pngMark Downey*

Green check mark transparent.pngAmanda Batten* (i)

District 97

Green check mark transparent.pngScott Wyatt* (i)

District 98

Green check mark transparent.pngElla Webster*

Green check mark transparent.pngKeith Hodges* (i)

District 99

Green check mark transparent.pngLinwood Blizzard
Zach Filtz
Jolicia Ward  Candidate Connection

Green check mark transparent.pngMargaret Ransone* (i)

District 100

Green check mark transparent.pngFinale Norton*

Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Bloxom* (i)

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Battleground races

Heading into the election, Ballotpedia identified 25 battleground races in the 2021 Virginia House of Delegates elections. Nineteen were in Democrat-held districts, and six were in Republican-held districts. Based on analysis of these districts' electoral histories, these races had the potential to be more competitive than other races and could possibly have led to shifts in a chamber's partisan balance.

To determine state legislative battleground races in 2021, Ballotpedia looked for races that fit one or more of the four factors listed below:

  1. In the last state legislative election, the winner received less than 55% of the vote.
  2. The presidential candidate who won the district in 2020 is of a different party than the most recent state legislative election winner in the district, and the most recent state legislative election winner won by a margin of 10 percentage points or less.
  3. The presidential candidate who won the district in 2020 is of a different party than the most recent state legislative election winner in the district, and the incumbent is not on the ballot this year.
  4. The presidential candidate who won the district in 2020 is of a different party than the most recent state legislative election winner in the district, and that presidential candidate won the district by a margin of 20 percentage points or more.
  5. The district is targeted by a major party campaign committee.
2021 Virginia House of Delegates Battlegrounds
District Democratic Party Democrat Republican Party Republican 2019 margin of victory 2020 presidential result Incumbent running? Conditions met
District 10 Wendy Gooditis (i) Nick Clemente D+4.7 D+16.2 Yes 1, 5
District 12 Chris Hurst (i) Jason Ballard D+7.2 D+5.6 Yes 1, 5
District 13 Danica Roem (i) Christopher Stone D+12 D+32.5 Yes 5
District 21 Kelly Convirs-Fowler (i) Tanya Gould D+9.2 D+12.6 Yes 1, 5
District 26 Brent Finnegan Tony Wilt (i) R+8.1 R+5.7 Yes 1
District 27 Debra Gardner Roxann Robinson (i) R+0.6 D+8.3 Yes 1, 2
District 28 Joshua Cole (i) Tara Durant D+4 D+10.5 Yes 1, 5
District 31 Elizabeth Guzman (i) Ben Baldwin D+5.4 D+14.7 Yes 1, 5
District 40 Dan Helmer (i) Harold Pyon D+4.8 D+25 Yes 1, 5
District 50 Michelle Maldonado Steve Pleickhardt D+6.8 D+26.1 No 1, 5
District 51 Briana Sewell Tim Cox D+9.3 D+12.8 No 1, 5
District 63 Lashrecse Aird (i) Kim Taylor D+10.7 D+10.1 Yes 5
District 66 Katie Sponsler Mike Cherry R+4.7 D+10.3 No 1, 2, 3, 5
District 68 Dawn Adams (i) Mark Earley Jr. D+9.3 D+19.4 Yes 1, 5
District 72 Schuyler VanValkenburg (i) Christopher Holmes D+6.7 D+15.9 Yes 1, 5
District 73 Rodney Willett (i) Mary Margaret Kastelberg D+4.5 D+20.5 Yes 1, 5
District 75 Roz Tyler (i) H. Otto Wachsmann Jr. D+1.1 D+7.3 Yes 1, 5
District 81 Jeffrey Feld Barry Knight (i) R+4.4 R+3.7 Yes 1, 5
District 83 Nancy Guy (i) Tim Anderson D+0.2 D+15.1 Yes 1, 5
District 84 Kimberly Melnyk Glenn Davis (i) R+2.5 D+2.9 Yes 1, 2, 5
District 85 Alex Askew (i) Karen Greenhalgh D+3.4 D+11.9 Yes 1, 5
District 91 Martha Mugler (i) Aijalon Cordoza D+9.7 D+8.3 Yes 1, 5
District 93 Michael P. Mullin (i) Jordan Gray D+11.5 D+15.7 Yes 5
District 96 Mark Downey Amanda Batten (i) R+6.1 R+1 Yes 1
District 100 Finale Norton Robert Bloxom Jr. (i) R+3.9 D+6.7 Yes 1, 2, 5

Battleground races map

Races targeted by the DLCC and RSLC

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

This chart lists each Virginia House of Delegates district that the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) announced it would target in 2021.[16] Also included are the margins of victory for each seat in the 2019, 2017, and 2015 elections.

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) target districts, 2021
District Incumbent Winner 2019 Margin 2017 Margin 2015 Margin
District 10 Wendy Gooditis TBD D+4.7 D+3.9 R+24.2
District 12 Chris Hurst TBD D+7.2 D+8.8 R+16.8
District 13 Danica Roem TBD D+12 D+7.8 R+12.2
District 21 Kelly Convirs-Fowler TBD D+9.2 D+5.2 R+13.8
District 28 Joshua Cole TBD D+4 D+0.4 R+21
District 31 Elizabeth Guzman TBD D+5.4 D+9.8 R+6.8
District 40 Dan Helmer TBD D+4.8 R+0.4 R+30.6
District 50 Lee Carter TBD D+6.8 D+8.8 R+17.6
District 51 Hala Ayala TBD D+9.3 D+6.2 -[17]
District 63 Lashrecse Aird TBD D+10.7 - -
District 66 Kirk Cox TBD R+4.7 R+27 -
District 68 Dawn Adams TBD D+9.3 D+0.8 R+24.5
District 72 Schuyler VanValkenburg TBD D+6.7 D+5.6 -
District 73 Rodney Willett TBD D+4.5 D+1.2 -
District 75 Roz Tyler TBD D+1.1 - -
District 81 Barry Knight TBD R+4.4 R+18.1 R+39.2
District 83 Nancy Guy TBD D+0.2 R+13.4 -
District 84 Glenn Davis TBD R+2.5 R+3.6 -
District 85 Alex Askew TBD D+3.4 D+1.6 -
District 91 Martha Mugler TBD D+9.7 R+12.6 -
District 93 Michael P. Mullin TBD D+11.5 D+0.2 D+9.6
District 100 Robert Bloxom Jr. TBD R+3.9 R+0.4 R+16

Republican State Leadership Committee

This chart lists each Virginia House of Delegates district that the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) announced it would target in 2021.[18] Also included are the margins of victory for each seat in the 2019, 2017, and 2015 elections.

Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) target districts, 2021
District Incumbent Winner 2019 Margin 2017 Margin 2015 Margin
District 10 Wendy Gooditis TBD D+4.7 D+3.9 R+24.2
District 12 Chris Hurst TBD D+7.2 D+8.8 R+16.8
District 21 Kelly Convirs-Fowler TBD D+9.2 D+5.2 R+13.8
District 28 Joshua Cole TBD D+4 D+0.4 R+21
District 31 Elizabeth Guzman TBD D+5.4 D+9.8 R+6.8
District 40 Dan Helmer TBD D+4.8 R+0.4 R+30.6
District 68 Dawn Adams TBD D+9.3 D+0.8 R+24.5
District 72 Schuyler VanValkenburg TBD D+6.7 D+5.6 -[19]
District 73 Rodney Willett TBD D+4.5 D+1.2 -
District 75 Roz Tyler TBD D+1.1 - -
District 83 Nancy Guy TBD D+0.2 R+13.4 -
District 85 Alex Askew TBD D+3.4 D+1.6 -
District 91 Martha Mugler TBD D+9.7 R+12.6 -

Campaign finance

See also: Virginia House of Delegates, 2021/Campaign finance

The campaign finance data analyzed and displayed below is gathered and made available by Transparency USA.

Campaign finance articles

Ballotpedia published a series of analysis articles based on this campaign finance data. Click the links below to read those articles:

Campaign finance by district

The section below contains data from financial reports submitted to state agencies. Districts and elections are grouped in sections of 10. To view data for a district, click on the appropriate bar below to expand it. The data is gathered and made available by Transparency USA.

Incumbents who were not re-elected

See also: Annual State Legislative Competitiveness Report: Vol. 11, 2021

Incumbents defeated in the general election

Seven incumbents, all Democrats, were defeated in the Nov. 2 general election, the largest number of incumbents defeated in the chamber's general elections since 2017 when 12 incumbents, all Republicans, lost. This was also the first time any Democratic incumbents were defeated in a general election since 2011.

Name Party Office
Chris Hurst Electiondot.png Democratic House District 12
Joshua Cole Electiondot.png Democratic House District 28
Lashrecse Aird Electiondot.png Democratic House District 63
Roz Tyler Electiondot.png Democratic House District 75
Nancy Guy Electiondot.png Democratic House District 83
Alex Askew Electiondot.png Democratic House District 85
Martha Mugler Electiondot.png Democratic House District 91

Incumbents defeated in primary elections

Five incumbents lost in the June 8 primaries, a decade-high number. These were the first House incumbents to lose in primaries since 2015, when two incumbents lost to challengers. Two incumbents also lost in the 2013 primaries, and none lost in 2011.

Name Party Office
Charles Poindexter Ends.png Republican House District 9
Mark Levine Electiondot.png Democratic House District 45
Lee Carter Electiondot.png Democratic House District 50
Steve Heretick Electiondot.png Democratic House District 79
Ibraheem Samirah Electiondot.png Democratic House District 86

Retiring incumbents

Five incumbents were not on the ballot in 2021.[20] Those incumbents were:

Name Party Office
Larry Rush Ends.png Republican House District 7
Hala Ayala Electiondot.png Democratic House District 51
Kirk Cox Ends.png Republican House District 66
Jason Miyares Ends.png Republican House District 82
Mark Cole Ends.png Republican House District 88


There were five open seats in 2021, a decade-low number.[21]

Open seats in Virginia House of Delegates elections: 2011 - 2021
Year Total seats Open seats Seats with incumbents running for reelection
2021 100 5 (5%) 95 (95%)
2019 100 12 (12%) 87 (88%)
2017 100 7 (7%) 93 (93%)
2015 100 9 (9%) 91 (91%)
2013 100 9 (9%) 91 (91%)
2011 100 14 (14%) 86 (86%)

Margin of victory

See also: Margin of victory analysis for the 2021 state legislative elections

The average margin of victory across the 100 races in this chamber was 27.0%. An electoral margin of victory (MOV) is the difference between the share of votes cast for the winning candidate and the second-place candidate in an election. Only races with more than one candidate were included in this average. The chart below displays the breakdown of races by the winner's partisan affiliation and margin of victory for each state legislative chamber with single-member districts which held elections in 2021. A darker shade of red or blue indicates a larger margin for that party. The table below displays how many seats were up for election in each chamber and how many seats each party won. It also includes a breakdown of how many seats Democrats and Republicans won by 10% or less and without opposition in each chamber, as well as the average margin of victory for each party. Click on a particular header to sort the table.

Average MOV for state legislative elections, 2021
Chamber Seats up for election Democratic Party Seats won by Democrats Democratic Party Seats won by Democrats by margins of 10% or less Democratic Party Seats won by unopposed Democrats Democratic Party Average margin of victory for Democrats Republican Party Seats won by Republicans Republican Party Seats won by Republicans by margins of 10% or less Republican Party Seats won by unopposed Republicans Republican Party Average margin of victory for Republicans Grey.png Seats won by independent and third party candidates
New Jersey State Senate
40
24
4
2
29.3%
16
4
0
21.8%
0
New Jersey General Assembly[22]
80
46
8
1
15.6%
34
10
0
9.6%
0
Virginia House of Delegates
100
48
12
1
28.7%
52
8
7
25.3%
0
Total
220
95
24
4
25.7%
85
22
7
21.2%
0

Districts

See also: Virginia state legislative districts

Use the interactive map below to find your district.

Redistricting in Virginia

See also: Redistricting in Virginia

On November 3, 2020, Virginia voters approved a constitutional amendment establishing a commission-driven congressional and state legislative redistricting process. The 16-member commission comprises eight legislators and eight non-legislator members. Leaders of the legislature's two largest political parties select legislators to serve on the commission. The commission's eight citizen members are recommended by legislative leaders and selected by a committee of five retired circuit court judges. The commissioners themselves select one of the eight citizens to serve as chairperson.[23]

District maps are subject to the following consensus requirements:[23]

  • Congressional maps: Approval by 12 commissioners, including six legislators and six non-legislators.
  • Virginia State Senate: Approval by 12 commissioners, including six legislators (with three state senators) and six non-legislators.
  • Virginia House of Delegates: Approval by 12 commissioners, including six legislators (with three state delegates) and six non-legislators.

The commission submits its maps to the General Assembly, which can vote to approve the maps or reject them. The General Assembly cannot amend the maps. If the General Assembly rejects a map, the commission must draft a second map. If the General Assembly rejects that map, the Virginia Supreme Court is tasked with enacting a new map.[23][24]

Voter information

How the primary works

A primary election is an election in which registered voters select a candidate that they believe should be a political party's candidate for elected office to run in the general election. They are also used to choose convention delegates and party leaders. Primaries are state-level and local-level elections that take place prior to a general election. Virginia utilizes an open primary process in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[25][26][27][28]

For information about which offices are nominated via primary election, see this article.

Poll times

In Virginia, all polls open from 6 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time. An individual who is in line at the time polls close must be allowed to vote.[29][30]

Registration requirements

To vote in Virginia, one must be a United States citizen, a resident of Virginia, and at least 18 years of age.[31]

Registration can be completed online, in person at a local voter registration office, or by mail. Voters can also register at the following locations:[31]

  • State or local government offices when applying or re-certifying for Aid to Dependent Children, Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid, or Rehabilitation Services
  • Government offices in the state that provide state-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities
  • Armed forces recruitment offices
  • Public libraries
  • Virginia Department of Elections office
  • Department of Motor Vehicles offices
  • Voter registration drives[32]
—Virginia Department of Elections

The registration deadline is 22 days before any primary or general election. The deadline is 14 days before any special election.[31]

Automatic registration

On April 12, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam (D) signed HB235/SB219 into law, establishing automatic voter registration for individuals conducting business with the Department of Motor Vehicles.[30]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration

Virginia has implemented an online voter registration system. Residents can register to vote by visiting this website.

Same-day registration

Virginia does not allow same-day voter registration.

Residency requirements

To register to vote in Virginia, you must be a resident of the state. State law does not specify a length of time for which you must have been a resident to be eligible.

Verification of citizenship

See also: Laws permitting noncitizens to vote in the United States

Virginia does not require proof of citizenship for voter registration.

Verifying your registration

This page, run by the Virginia Department of elections, allows residents to check their voter registration status online.


Voter ID requirements

Early voting

On April 12, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam (D) signed HB1/SB111 into law, establishing no-excuse early voting 45 days prior to an election. The legislation took effect in the November 3, 2020 election. On March 19, 2021, Northam signed HB1968 into law, which allowed local election officials to offer early voting on Sundays.[30][33]

Absentee voting

On April 12, 2020, Governor Ralph Northam (D) signed HB1/SB111 into law, establishing no-excuse absentee voting 45 days prior to an election. The legislation was set to take effect in the November 3, 2020 election.[30]

On the same day, Northam also signed HB238/SB455, providing for absentee ballots postmarked on or before the date of an election to be counted if received by noon on the third day after the election.[30]

Process to become a candidate

See also: Ballot access requirements for political candidates in Virginia

DocumentIcon.jpg See statutes: Title 24.2, Chapter 5 of the Election Code of Virginia

For partisan candidates

A political party candidate participating in a primary election must complete the candidate qualification certificate form for the office being sought. The form is a written statement (made under oath) indicating that the candidate is qualified to vote for and to hold the office for which he or she is a candidate. The form must be filed before a candidate can purchase a registered voter's list for petition purposes. A candidate for election to statewide office, the United States House of Representatives, or the Virginia General Assembly must file the statement with the Virginia State Board of Elections. A candidate for any other office must file the statement with the general registrar of the county or city where he or she resides.[34][35]

A candidate must also file a written statement of economic interests if running for the state legislature, statewide office, a school board in a town or city with a population in excess of 3,500, or for constitutional office.[36]

The candidate qualification certificate and statement of economic interests must be filed by the filing deadline for the primary.[37]

The candidate must also file a declaration of candidacy and petition on or before the filing deadline for the election. The petition must contain the required number of signatures for the office being sought (signature requirements are summarized in the table below). Candidates seeking to participate in a primary election must also pay a primary filing fee. The filing fee is 2 percent of the minimum annual salary for the office being sought.[38]

Signature requirements
Office sought Signature requirements
Governor, United States Senate, and other statewide offices 10,000, including 400 qualified voters from each congressional district
United States House of Representatives 1,000
Virginia State Senate 250
Virginia House of Delegates 125

For independent candidates

An independent candidate for the United States House of Representatives or the United States Senate must file a declaration of candidacy, a petition, and a candidate qualification certificate form with the Virginia State Board of Elections. A candidate for statewide office or the Virginia General Assembly must file a declaration of candidacy form, a petition, a statement of economic interests form, and a candidate qualification certificate form. The candidate must file the required forms by 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday in June. A candidate for local office must file a declaration of candidacy, a petition, a statement of economic interests form, and a candidate qualification certificate form with the local authority in the county or city in which the office is being sought. The candidate must submit the required forms by 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday in June.[37][39][40][41][42][43]

An independent candidate must gather the same number of petition signatures as partisan candidates. There are no filing fees for independent candidates.

For write-in candidates

Write-in votes are permitted in all elections but primaries. A voter may cast a write-in vote for any person other than the candidates for the given office listed on the ballot. Write-in candidates are not required to file any special forms in advance in order to have their votes tallied (except in the case of presidential and vice presidential candidates, who must file declarations of intent).[44]

2021 ballot access requirements

The table below details filing requirements for Virginia House of Delegates candidates in the 2021 election cycle.

Filing requirements for state legislative candidates, 2021
Chamber name Party Signatures required Filing fee Filing deadline Source
Virginia House of Delegates Democratic 125 $352.80 3/25/2021 Source
Virginia House of Delegates Republican 125 $352.80 3/25/2021 Source
Virginia House of Delegates Unaffiliated 125 N/A 6/8/2021 Source

Qualifications

See also: State legislature candidate requirements by state

Candidates for the House of Delegates must be qualified to vote, have been a resident of Virginia for one year immediately preceding the election, and be a resident of the city or town in which they file for election.[45]

Salaries and per diem

See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries
State legislators
SalaryPer diem
$18,000/year for senators. $17,640/year for delegates.$211/day

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Virginia legislators assume office the second Wednesday in January after the election.

Virginia political history

Party control

See also: Partisan composition of state houses and State government trifectas
Virginia House of Delegates
Party As of November 2, 2021 After November 3, 2021
     Democratic Party 55 48
     Republican Party 45 52
Total 100 100

Trifectas

A state government trifecta is a term that describes single-party government, when one political party holds the governor's office and has majorities in both chambers of the legislature in a state government.

Virginia Party Control: 1992-2022
Four years of Democratic trifectas  •  Four years of Republican trifectas
Scroll left and right on the table below to view more years.

Year 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
Governor D D R R R R R R R R D D D D D D D D R R R R D D D D D D D D R
Senate D D D D S S R R R R R R R R R R D D D D R R D R R R R R D D D
House D D D D D D S S R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R R D D R

Presidential politics in Virginia

2016 Presidential election results

U.S. presidential election, Virginia, 2016
Party Candidate Vote % Votes Electoral votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngHillary Clinton/Tim Kaine 49.7% 1,981,473 13
     Republican Donald Trump/Mike Pence 44.4% 1,769,443 0
     Libertarian Gary Johnson/Bill Weld 3% 118,274 0
     Green Jill Stein/Ajamu Baraka 0.7% 27,638 0
     Independent Evan McMullin/Nathan Johnson 1.4% 54,054 0
     - Other/Write-in 0.8% 33,749 0
Total Votes 3,984,631 13
Election results via: Federal Election Commission

See also


External links

Footnotes

  1. Virginia Department of Elections, "Calendars & Schedules," accessed February 6, 2021
  2. Washington Post, "Virginia Democrats seek recounts in two close House of Delegates races," November 17, 2021
  3. The Hill, "Virginia Democratic lawmakers request recounts in two House of Delegates races," November 16, 2021
  4. 13 News Now, "Karen Greenhalgh wins District 85 House of Delegates race," December 3, 2021
  5. Washington Post, "With judges’ ruling in recount, GOP cements two-seat majority in Virginia House of Delegates," December 8, 2021
  6. 6.0 6.1 CBS News, "The tight battle for control of Virginia's House of Delegates," May 4, 2021
  7. The Atlantic, "The Democrats’ New Trump Problem," May 26, 2021
  8. Virginia Mercury, "Trump has been a gift to Va. Democrats for years. Now can they win without him in the White House?" June 14, 2021
  9. Inside NoVa, "Kerr: Democratic majority may be in jeopardy," April 1, 2021
  10. 10.0 10.1 Virginia Places, "A 50-50 Tie in the House of Delegates," accessed November 2, 2021
  11. Virginia Legislative Information System, "8-24.2-800 to 802.3," accessed October 16, 2020
  12. 12.0 12.1 Code of Virginia, "§ 24.2-800. Recounts in all elections," accessed Oct. 19, 2020
  13. 13.0 13.1 Code of Virginia, "§ 24.2-802.3. Costs of the recount," accessed Oct. 19, 2020
  14. Code of Virginia, "§ 24.2-801. Petition for recount; recount court," accessed Oct. 19, 2020
  15. Code of Virginia, "§ 24.2-801.1. Petition for recount of election for presidential electors; recount court," accessed Oct. 19, 2020
  16. DLCC, "Spotlight Races," accessed September 13, 2021
  17. Missing margins of victory indicate the incumbent or candidate ran unopposed in the general election.
  18. RSLC, "RSLC Reveals 13 Target House Districts in Virginia, June 22, 2021
  19. Missing margins of victory indicate the incumbent or candidate ran unopposed in the general election.
  20. Ballotpedia defines an incumbent as retiring if the incumbent did not file for office or filed for office but withdrew, was disqualified, or otherwise left a race in a manner other than losing the primary, primary runoff, or convention. If an incumbent runs as a write-in candidate, Ballotpedia does not consider them to be retiring. If an incumbent runs in the same chamber for a different seat, Ballotpedia does not consider them to be retiring.
  21. Ballotpedia defines a seat as open if the incumbent did not file to run for re-election or filed but withdrew and did not appear on any ballot for his or her seat. If the incumbent withdrew from or did not participate in the primary but later chose to seek re-election to his or her seat as a third party or independent candidate, the seat would not be counted as open. If the incumbent retired or ran for a different seat in the same chamber, his or her original seat would be counted as open unless another incumbent from the same chamber filed to run for that seat, in which case it would not be counted as open due to the presence of an incumbent.
  22. For the purposes of this study, the margin of victory was calculated by comparing the winner with the least votes to the loser of the opposite party with the most votes. Therefore, the numbers will total up to half the seats won for each party since we can only compare MoV for one of the two seats in each district.
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  24. All About Redistricting, "Virginia," accessed May 8, 2015
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Current members of the Virginia House of Delegates
Leadership
Speaker of the House:Todd Gilbert
Majority Leader:Terry Kilgore
Representatives
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S. Rasoul (D)
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Les Adams (R)
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Tony Wilt (R)
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Mark Keam (D)
District 36
Ken Plum (D)
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Kaye Kory (D)
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Rob Bell (R)
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Lee Ware (R)
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Don Scott (D)
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