2019 Off Year Elections in the United States--Pray for Virginia ;)

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New thread for elections that happen in this off year in the US.

Virginia has elections in the fall for state legislature. Any other states?

Today, February 19, there is a election for state delegate to replace Jennifer Boysko who was elected to the Virginia Senate. It features a Palestinian American candidate who not surprisingly has said things in the past that were insensitive about Israel. He's apologized. That's the Democrat. The Republican is an anti-gay Focus on the Family guy.
 

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2019 United States elections
The 2019 United States elections will be held, in large part, on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. This off-year election includes the regular gubernatorial elections in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi. State legislative elections will also be held in Louisiana, Mississippi, Virginia, and in the New Jersey General Assembly (the lower house of the New Jersey legislature). Numerous citizen initiatives, mayoral races, and a variety of other local elections will also occur. Special elections to the United States Congress will take place if vacancies arise.
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Democrat won easily in the VA delegate race

Democrat Ibraheem Samirah wins House of Delegates 86th District special election

Samirah defeated Republican challenger Gregg Nelson and independent challenger Connie Haines Hutchinson by claiming nearly 60 percent of the vote in Tuesday's special election.

"I don't want to think of myself as the future by myself because there's a lot of people that want to be involved in this, but I'm glad to be part of the stepping stones for that," Samirah said as he addressed supporters.

Samirah, a 27-year-old dentist, said he is focused on addressing transportation, health care, education, the economy and justice for all Virginians.
 

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Chicago will be having its mayoral election next week.

There are already special U.S. House elections for Pennsylvania-12 (Tom Marino resigned to go to private sector) and North Carolina-03 (Walter Jones, Jr. passed away).

Plus, who knows what other special elections will come up.
 
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Also in Chicago:

America's socialist surge is going strong in Chicago

Three Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) members won their city council races in runoff elections on Tuesday: Byron Sigcho-Lopez in the 25th ward, Jeanette Taylor in the 20th and Andre Vasquez in the 40th. The fourth candidate, Rossana Rodriguez-Sanchez, is locked in a race in the 33rd ward that is too close to call and will await the counting of mail-in ballots, but was up by 64 votes once all precincts’ votes were counted.

They will join two other socialists who handily won the first round of elections outright in February: Carlos Rosa, an incumbent in the 35th ward, and Daniel La Spata, who defeated an incumbent in the first ward.

In other words, these democratic socialists ran as unabashed fighters against corporate greed and austerity and for the city’s working class.

Political observers and organizers should take these victories as a lesson: voters found that strong leftwing message appealing – and weren’t scared off by candidates who proudly called themselves “socialists”.
 

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I have started making small donations to the opponents of some republicans.

McConnell - check.

Graham - check

Next in line - Nunes
 

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Not a 2019 race - but I didn’t want to put this in the presidential race thread, but this still could be one of the :watch: in 2020.

If this happens - Seriously, dude? The Democrats just worked (what was probably) REALLY hard to help get him re-elected in a really pro-Trump state. And I say this as someone who: 1) gets why being in the U.S. Senate would suck and being Governor again would be far more appealing, and 2) isn’t exactly a huge fan of the Democrats.

But I will keep this in my pocket in case we decide to do a “Non-Presidential 2020 U.S. Elections” thread here next year. :)
 

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This is a few days old by now, but we flipped from red to blue a state senate seat in Southwest PA! This was a special election almost a year after the special election that Conor Lamb won, in the overlapping area. I canvassed for both races, and the win in SD 37 felt great. Trump won this district in 2016 (I think by 6%). This article is about the activists who helped flip the district, and I am proud to know every woman mentioned in the article: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2019/04/03/democrat-pam-iovino-pennsylvania-state-senate-raja-suburban-women/stories/201904030187?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_Pittsburgh_Post-Gazette&fbclid=IwAR1JB6q-I4-0qWmlrpdpknMkRoOXcbqWR8Qwu0cnraGiAAFqOlFE1boCJNM
 

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all Democrats have to do is make sure the democrat nominated for president is exactly like the democrats who win trump districts now!
 

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This is a few days old by now, but we flipped from red to blue a state senate seat in Southwest PA! This was a special election almost a year after the special election that Conor Lamb won, in the overlapping area. I canvassed for both races, and the win in SD 37 felt great. Trump won this district in 2016 (I think by 6%). This article is about the activists who helped flip the district, and I am proud to know every woman mentioned in the article: https://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-local/2019/04/03/democrat-pam-iovino-pennsylvania-state-senate-raja-suburban-women/stories/201904030187?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_Pittsburgh_Post-Gazette&fbclid=IwAR1JB6q-I4-0qWmlrpdpknMkRoOXcbqWR8Qwu0cnraGiAAFqOlFE1boCJNM
Congratulations!
 

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Putting this here because ... these people need to be voted out. No discussion, no debate, no democracy.

Gun debate ends abruptly in Virginia as GOP-controlled legislature adjourns after 90 minutes

RICHMOND — Barely more than 90 minutes after it convened a special session called by the Democratic governor to debate gun legislation, the GOP-controlled General Assembly abruptly adjourned without taking action, stunning hundreds of gun control activists and gun rights protesters who had packed the Capitol.

The Senate gaveled in shortly after noon and at about 1:30 p.m., voted 20 to 18 along party lines to adjourn until Nov. 18 - after a state election in which all 140 legislative seats are on the ballot.

...Gov. Ralph Northam (D) said Republicans had abdicated their duty. “I expected them to do what their constituents elected them to do - discuss issues and take votes,” Northam said in a statement. “An average of three Virginians die each day due to gun violence. That means hundreds of Virginians may die between today and November 18...It is shameful and disappointing that Republicans in the General Assembly refuse to do their jobs.”
 

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The Senate majority whip reportedly resigned as majority whip over the bill that would have banned guns in government buildings. I would like to know why he feels that it is essential for Virginians to be able to bring weapons into government buildings.
 

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The New York Times has a piece about the defeat of a very conservative female physician by a very conservative male physician in the primary runoff for a safe Republican Congressional seat in North Carolina. I found this bit particularly telling:

“Last night is exactly why we exist, and are needed more than ever,” said Olivia Perez-Cubas, a spokeswoman for WFW Action. “The ‘year of the woman’ for Democrats came three decades after Emily’s List began their work. We’ve been at this for three months.”
Mark your calendars for 2050. :COP:

ETA and in the same vein, regarding Mississippi's governor's race:

Robert Foster, GOP governor candidate, denies woman reporter access because of her gender

In two phone calls this week, Colton Robison, Foster’s campaign director, said a male colleague would need to accompany this reporter on an upcoming 15-hour campaign trip because they believed the optics of the candidate with a woman, even a working reporter, could be used in a smear campaign to insinuate an extramarital affair.

“The only reason you think that people will think I’m having a (improper) relationship with your candidate is because I am a woman,” this reporter said.

Robison said the campaign simply “can’t risk it.”
I wonder whether he has anything to hide. :unsure:

:watch:
 
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