Powered by 29 Giving Circles and Give Smart, we raised nearly $1 million dollars to help hold the Virginia House majority but came up just short: 400 votes across 3 seats.
Based on election day results our endorsed candidates performed one percent better than nonendorsees — in the races with the closest margins — relative to the top of the ticket. Six of our eight incumbents actually outperformed the top of the ticket; 2021 was the first time Democratic House of Delegates candidates outperformed the gubernatorial candidate since 1997.
If we had not been in Virginia, hyper-focused on holding the House and working to help our candidates run strong campaigns, the results would not have been this close.
To help lay the groundwork for change in states like Virginia now!
In early 2021, our Giving Circles community powered a victory for Delegate Candi King in a special election. With the election held just weeks after a contentious 2020 election season, we saw how tight this seat could be due to low turnout. Delegate King won by 263 votes, just three percent of the vote.
In the general election in November, Delegate King was able to safely hold her seat by a margin of more than 3800 votes—proving the value of providing support when it matters most.
In 2019, The States Project’s electoral effort helped to flip the Virginia House creating a new majority of Virginia lawmakers who passed policy after policy to improve lives.