Approximately one week ago, Virginia awoke to the exciting news of Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam being elected as the next governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. As votes are still being counted in the attorney general race, news of Mark Herring pulling ahead has spread and as has the hope that Virginia has elected a solidly pro-choice ticket of leaders. NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia would like to take this time to congratulate Terry McAuliffe and Ralph Northam and further support and encourage Mark Herring.
Furthermore, we would like to thank and commend all those that contributed to this success as we reached previously unprecedented numbers prior to November 5:
Lastly, we would like to recognize a number of other hard-wrought races and the pro-choice candidates we worked closely with:
- Atif Qarni, District 13: Atif challenged Bob Marshall and was narrowly defeated by only 497 votes, the closest race of Marshall’s career. NARAL volunteers knocked on 4500 doors for Atif.
- Kathleen Murphy, District 34: NARAL volunteers knocked on approximately 3600 doors for Kathleen, leading to competitive race against Barbara Comstock. Ultimately, Comstock won by a close 431 votes.
- Richard Cabellos, District 5: Community activist Richard Cabellos ran a strong campaign against anti-choice Jackson Miller. NARAL Volunteers knocked on over 400 doors for Cabellos for his first ever political campaign, increasing his name recognition in the district.
- Rob Farinholt, District 94: Pro-choice Rob Farinholt lost to anti-choice incumbent David Yancey by only 537 votes, with NARAL volunteers knocking on approximately 1,000 doors for Farinholt’s campaign.
John Bell, District 87: In his second run for the House of Delegates, this time against anti-choice incumbent David Ramadan, pro-choice John Bell ran an incredibly strong campaign. Ramadan only defeated Bell by 195 votes, and Bell has cited the help of NARAL volunteers who knocked on over 4,000 doors as a large reason for such a close race.Jennifer Boysko, District 86: This one isn’t over yet–in the closest House of Delegates race in Virginia, pro-choice activist Jennifer Boysko is only 56 votes behind anti-choice Republican Tom Rust. The Boysko campaign is watching the count of provisional ballots cast in the election and plans to ask the state for a recount as soon as possible. If successful, Boysko’s election would eliminate the Republican House of Delegate’s veto-proof majority.
We are honored and proud to have worked so closely with such talented and passionate individuals and look forward to their future success in whatever endeavors they may pursue. Stay tuned to local news outlets as ballot counts progress and we look forward to what our newly elected officials will accomplish.