Dems Win Virginia Special Election in GOP District

In 2009, Republican Bob McDonnell carried Virginia's 37th Senate district by a 56.8 percent to 43.0 percent margin during his successful gubernatorial bid. Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who at the time represented the district, also carried the district with 53.8 percent of the vote. But when Virginians went to the polls today to elect a replacement for Cuccinelli in a race expected to go to the Republicans, something strange happened.

Defying recent voting trends that saw several Northern Virginia Republicans win big in November, Del. David W. Marsden (D-Fairfax) won a special election Tuesday night to represent a broad swath of southwestern Fairfax County in the Virginia Senate.

Marsden, a two-term delegate from Burke who switched political parties earlier this decade while serving as the head of the state Department of Juvenile Justice under both Republican and Democratic governors, won the 37th state Senate seat vacated by Attorney General-elect Kenneth T. Cuccinelli (R) by rallying a voter base reeling from big losses in November's statewide and House races.

The vote solidifies the Democrats' majority in the Virginia state Senate, 22-18, helping ensure the party has a say when the time comes to redistrict the state following the 2010 census. But even more immediately, the election indicates that despite all the prognosticating from the Beltway press, the political environment may not be nearly as toxic for the Democrats as some would have you believe.

Tags: Virginia, Special Elections (all tags)



RE: Dems Win Virginia Special Election in GOP District

Think we can get SNL to do a Fox News parody on this race?

by spirowasright 2010-01-12 11:01PM | 1 recs
RE: Dems Win Virginia Special Election in GOP District

I will believe your statements if Coakley wins by ten next tuesday. A defeat negates any satisfaction from the Virginia win.

by Boilermaker 2010-01-13 12:06AM | 0 recs
Not so bad

While Democrats have made some missteps this year they atleast have been moving forward. The GOP meanwhile hs no plan, no ideas, no credibility.

by vecky 2010-01-13 12:32AM | 1 recs

This is definitely good news for John McCain.

by Steve M 2010-01-13 12:40AM | 0 recs

I'd love were this some sort of big win for Democrats or progressives, but Marsden barely anything that one would consider a Democrat ideologically. He rails against "Big Government", bragged on his push to cut taxes (especially the "Death Tax"), and making up our budget gap through more service and spending cuts.

His affiliation gives us another vote for control of the state Senate, but I don't have high hopes beyond that.

That all being said, he's still about 10,000% better than Cuccinelli though that's not really saying much.

by Caffinated 2010-01-13 01:57AM | 1 recs
RE: Whee...
Live in the district. This is a huge win for Democrats. Progressives? Not so much. Redistricting will be better this year than it was in 2001.
by applejackking 2010-01-13 07:16AM | 1 recs
RE: Whee...

I strongly suggest that we put Marsden's ideas in a referendum with specific spending cuts eg. in education, transport etc., for people to approve. Let us see how much support there is! So far, most tax cut referendums have been a big fraud, not specifying spending cuts.

by Boilermaker 2010-01-13 08:21AM | 1 recs
This is good news!

It just proves that if we stay engaged, mobilize, energize and turnout the base we can and should win!

by kevin22262 2010-01-13 11:01PM | 0 recs


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