It looks like Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe won’t be getting any breaks in the last two years of his term. After a flood of campaign cash from both sides, Republicans retained their 21-19 majority in the Virginia Senate yesterday.
The fights for Virginia’s 10th and 29th Districts were the most contested, and an infusion of cash from New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg did make things interesting.
A week before the election, Bloomberg and his group Everytown for Gun Safety dropped a total of $2.2 million in attack ads against Republicans Glen Sturtevant and Hal Parrish who ran for Virginia’s 10th and 29th districts, respectively.
The identical ads both featured Andy Parker, the father of Alison Parker, the Roanoke journalist who was gunned down live on air with her cameraman Adam Ward in August.
In in the end, Democrats took District 29 with some ease, but Republicans narrowly held on to District 10 with 49.57% of the vote and maintained their senate majority.