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Virginia State Senate elections, 2011

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Competitiveness Analysis
Candidates unopposed by a major partyPrimary challengesRetiring incumbents

RedistrictingPrimary Competitiveness

List of candidates
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Virginia State Senate

Elections for the office of Virginia State Senator will be held on November 8, 2011. Each of the state's 40 senators will be up for election. Members are elected to four-year terms.

The 2011 election will be the state's first election under its new legislative maps. Following the 2010 census, the state redrew its legislative boundaries to account for growth and shifts in the state's population. The Virginia General Assembly was responsible for the redistricting process. Virginia's 40 senate seats are comprised of 40 single-member legislative districts.

Virginia is just one of four states holding state senate elections in 2011. The other three states that hold their state senate elections in odd-numbered years are New Jersey, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Virginia's primary has been rescheduled from its usual date of June 14 to August 23 in order to allow time for legislative redistricting.[1] Candidates wishing to run for the Virginia State Senate are required to file their petitions or candidate filing fees by June 15. As they become available, candidate information and primary results will be reflected on this page.

See also: Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2011

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Virginia

Every 10 years, the Constitution requires states to redraw Congressional and state legislative districts based on updated Census information. In 2011, Virginia was the fourth state to complete its state legislative redistricting. Its 40 districts were re-drawn by the Virginia General Assembly and approved by Governor Bob McDonnell.

Partisan impact

With each chamber controlled by members of the opposite party, the Senate and House agreed to create their own maps and concur with the maps drawn by the other.[2] As a result, both houses created plans favorable to the current majority. However, while the Democrats control the State Senate 22-18, recently relocated Republicans have expressed confidence that they will remain competitive.

Virginia Republican Party chairman Pat Mullins said he is confident heading into the upcoming senate contests, stating, "We are very well positioned to take back the Senate...Both of the new open seats trend heavily toward our party, and despite the Democrats' best efforts, there are a number of seats where liberal incumbents are in serious trouble."[3] Senator Donald McEachin (D) acknowledged, "I think we were generous with people we should not have been generous with."[4] Democrats were forced revise their maps after their initial plans were vetoed by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R).

Majority control

See also: Partisan composition of state senates

Going into the November 2011 elections, the Republican Party is the majority party in 29 state senates. One chamber (Nebraska) is officially non-partisan and in one chamber (Alaska), several Republicans vote with a caucus other than the Republican caucus. In 19 states, the Democratic Party is the majority party. The Virginia State Senate is one of the 19 chambers with a Democratic Party majority.

In the other 3 states with state senate elections in 2011 (Louisiana, Mississippi and New Jersey), the Democratic Party is currently the majority party in New Jersey, while the Republican Party is currently the majority party in the state senates of Louisiana and Mississippi.

The partisan composition of the Virginia State Senate as follows:

Virginia State Senate
Party As of November 2011 After the 2011 Election
     Democratic Party 22 20
     Republican Party 18 20
Total 40 40

Races to watch

The following are races to watch in the 2011 elections that will likely dictate partisan control.

Obama visit

Some Democrats who are facing close races in the Virginia Senate this year are trying to distance themselves from President Obama, stating that they will not commit to supporting him in his re-election bid in 2012. This has come about as a result of Obama's two day trip to Virginia this October. Among Democratic senators who have distanced themselves are Linda Todd "Toddy" Puller and Phillip Puckett. Others such as Roscoe Reynolds and R. Edward "Edd" Houck have declined to say if they would support Obama next year.[7]

Clinton visit

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton held a fundraiser on October 26, 2011 for Democratic candidates. According to the Democratic Party, the event raised more than $1 million. More than half of Democratic candidates for Senate attended the event. Richard Saslaw (D), Senate Majority Leader, said there are "five or six" races that the party has identified to watch closely.[8]

Competitiveness

Candidates unopposed by a major party

2011 state legislative elections analyzed using a Competitiveness Index

14 incumbents (35%) face no competition in the November 8 general election and are thus, barring unforeseen circumstances, guaranteed re-election in November.

  • 3 Democratic incumbents face no November challenger.
  • 11 Republican incumbents face no November challenger

Primary challenges

Only one incumbent faced competition in the August 23 primary. That incumbent, Thomas Norment defeated his challenger, Mark Frechette.

Retiring incumbents

Seven incumbent senators did not run for re-election, while 33 (82.5%) ran for re-election. Of the 7 incumbents who did not run for re-election, 3 are Democrats and 4 are Republicans.

Incumbents who are retiring are:

Incumbents displaced by redistricting

Two incumbent senators were displaced by the 2011 redistricting process. Of the 2 displaced incumbents, both are Republicans.

Incumbents who were displaced by redistricting:

  • District 19: Incumbent Republican Bill Stanley now resides in district 20.
  • District 22: Incumbent Republican Ralph Smith now resides in district 19.

Primary competitiveness

The total number of contested primaries has remained low from 2007 to 2011.

Comparing Contested Primaries in Past VA Senate Elections
Democrats Republicans Total
2007 2011 2007 2011 2007 2011
Open contested 2 2 2 6 4 8
Incumbent contested 1 0 4 1 5 1
Total contested 3 2 6 7 9 9

Uncontested primaries

There are a total of 40 districts in the Virginia State Senate, meaning that normally there would be 80 primaries. However, some districts use a caucus or convention rather than a primary to decide which candidate to send to the general election. 17 out of the 80 potential primaries decide on a candidate this way, leaving 63 which use primaries. Of these 63 primaries, only 9 are contested (14.3%).

District without primaries

The following district/party combinations do not use a primary.

Democratic Party Democrats: Districts 7, 12, 13, 15, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 38, 39

Republican Party Republicans: Districts 6, 17, 25, 29, 38, 40

Qualifications

In order to run for the State Senate, a candidate must:

  • Be 21 years of age or older.
  • A qualified elector in the Commonwealth in Virginia.
  • Be a resident of the district they plan to run for[9].
  • If a Republican or Democrat candidate, pay a filing fee equivalent to 2 percent of the current salary elected State Senators make[10].
  • If running as an independent, collecting signatures via petition[11].

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Virginia in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[12]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2007 77 $31,534,141
2003 69 $11,399,328
1999 69 $10,532,275

The top 10 donors were:[13]

Donor Amount
Democratic Party of Virginia $2,472,021
Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus $1,351,536
Virginia Senate Republican Leadership Trust $1,333,782
Moving Virginia Forward $914,467
Tom Davis for Congress $784,635
Virginia Republican Party $760,699
Citizens for the Commonwealth $475,000
Rensin, David $394,500
Republican State Leadership Cmte $327,221
Holtzman, William B $308,747

List of candidates

District 1

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
  • John Miller Incumbent Miller was first elected in 2008.
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Miller
Republican Party Michael Chohany

District 2

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
  • Mamie Locke Incumbent Locke was first elected in 2004.
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mamie Locke Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Thomas Harmon, IV

District 3

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Republican Party Thomas Norment Green check mark transparent.png

District 4

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ryan McDougle Green check mark transparent.png

District 5

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Yvonne Miller Green check mark transparent.png

District 6

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Ralph Northam Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Ben Loyola

District 7

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Republican Party Frank Wagner Green check mark transparent.png

District 8

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Republican Party Jeffrey McWaters Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Donald McEachin Green check mark transparent.png

District 10

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party David Bernard
Republican Party John Watkins Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Republican Party Stephen Martin Green check mark transparent.png

District 12

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Republican Party Walter Stosch Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

Incumbent Republican Frederick Quayle was first elected in 1992.

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Republican Party Richard Black
Democratic Party J. Shawn Mitchell

District 14

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Republican Party Harry Blevins Green check mark transparent.png

District 15

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:
  • Frank Ruff Incumbent Ruff was first elected in 2000.

November 8 General election candidates:

Republican Party Frank Ruff Green check mark transparent.png

District 16

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
  • Henry Marsh Incumbent Marsh was first elected in 1992.
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Henry Marsh Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Preston Brown

District 17

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party R. Edward "Edd" Houck
Republican Party Bryce Reeves

District 18

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Louise Lucas Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Incumbent Republican Bill Stanley was first elected in 2011.

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Republican Party Ralph Smith
Independent J. Brandon Bell, II

District 20

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:
  • Bill Stanley Bill Stanley currently serves as the District 19 incumbent.

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Roscoe Reynolds
Republican Party Bill Stanley
Independent W. Jeff Evans

District 21

Incumbent Democrat John Edwards was first elected in 1996.

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Edwards
Republican Party David Nutter

District 22

Incumbent Republican Ralph Smith was first elected in 2008.

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Bert Dodson
Republican Party Thomas Garrett Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Robert Short, Sr.
Republican Party Stephen Newman Green check mark transparent.png

District 24

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Republican Party Emmett Hanger Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Creigh Deeds Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Thomas Aldous, Jr.

District 26

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Republican Party Mark Obenshain Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:
  • Jill Vogel Incumbent Vogel was first elected in 2008.

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Shaun Broy
Republican Party Jill Vogel Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Donald Marro Note: Marro withdrew from the election on 10/31/11.

District 28

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Republican Party Richard Stuart Green check mark transparent.png

District 29

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Charles Colgan
Republican Party Tom Gordy

District 30

Incumbent Democrat Patricia Ticer was first elected in 1996.

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Adam Ebbin Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Timothy McGhee

District 31

Incumbent Democrat Mary Whipple was first elected in 1996.

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Barbara Favola Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Caren Merrick

District 32

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Janet Howell Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Patrick Forrest

District 33

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Mark Herring
Republican Party Patricia Phillips

District 34

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Chapman "Chap" Petersen
Republican Party Gerarda Culipher

District 35

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
  • Dick Saslaw Incumbent Saslaw was first elected in 1980.
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dick Saslaw Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Robert Sarvis
Independent Katherine Ann Pettigrew

District 36

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Linda Todd "Toddy" Puller
Republican Party Jeffrey Frederick

District 37

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
  • Dave Marsden Incumbent Democrat Marsden was first elected in 2010.
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Dave Marsden
Republican Party Jason Flanary

District 38

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party Phillip Puckett
Republican Party Adam Light

District 39

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party George Barker
Republican Party Miller Baker

District 40

Incumbent Republican William Wampler was first elected in 1988.

Democratic Party August 23 Democratic primary result:
Republican Party August 23 GOP primary result:

November 8 General election candidates:

Democratic Party John Lamie
Republican Party Bill Carrico Green check mark transparent.png

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