Richmond, Va, 24 August 2011: At a Capitol briefing for members of the media today, Senate Republicans, along with Lt. Governor William T. “Bill” Bolling and Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Pat Mullins, celebrated the completion of the nomination season, confidently declaring that the quality and number of their party’s nominees will propel them to a majority in the November 8 general election.
“Yesterday’s primaries were the culmination of the most successful candidate recruitment effort in the history of the Senate Republican Caucus,” declared Minority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City). “With 77 days to go until the general election, Republicans have nominees in 36 of Virginia’s 40 Senate Districts.
“Moreover, the quality and caliber of those nominees is outstanding. In addition to our sixteen incumbent Senators seeking reelection, we have two current and two former Delegates, a sitting Commonwealth’s Attorney, a former City Councilor, business professionals, civic leaders, and skilled attorneys. Our conservative candidates are qualified, experienced, and ready to work with Governor McDonnell to create jobs and ensure a sound fiscal future for the Commonwealth.”
Twelve of the sixteen Republican Senators seeking reelection will do so without Democrat opposition. In contrast, sixteen of the 20 Democrat Senators running for another term will face a Republican opponent. Put another way, Democrats are challenging just four Republican Senators, while Republicans are challenging all but four Democrat Senators.
Senators W. Roscoe Reynolds (D-Henry) and William M. “Bill” Stanley, Jr. (R-Franklin) are facing off against one another in District 20.
“It’s no accident that in the three most recent Senate election cycles, the party with the greater number of nominees won the Senate majority,” noted Republican Leader Pro Tempore Ryan T. McDougle (R-Hanover). “Energy and enthusiasm are the driving forces behind successful campaigns, and our 36 nominees are evidence of the genuine excitement among Republicans this year. We want to ensure that Virginia has leaders who will work with Governor McDonnell, Lt. Governor Bolling, and Attorney General Cuccinelli to create jobs and increase opportunities for all our citizens.
“In contrast, the Democrat Party is offering Virginians the same failed and tired policies handed down from the current administration in Washington. They openly advocate higher taxes on gas and in some cases even want to tax drivers for the mileage they put on their cars. And judging from the news releases emanating from their party, Senate Democrats will be conducting a fall campaign devoid of issues, consisting primarily of deriding conservatives. Well, the people of Virginia are conservative, and they want leaders in Richmond – and in Washington for that matter – who do not disdain their values, but respect and share them.”
Virginians will elect all 40 members of the Senate of Virginia on November 8.