From Fairfax County GOP Chairman Matt Ames

Fairfax Republicans,

Last night was a very hard night to be a Virginia Republican. We failed to elect Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel, and John Adams to statewide office, and the consequences will be with us for years to come. Ed and Jill and John were a great team, and I’m sure you all join me in thanking them for representing our Party so well. Ed Gillespie in particular said at the beginning that he might be outspent, but he wouldn’t be outworked, and he kept that promise.

For such a talented and uplifting statewide ticket to miss the mark is hard enough to bear, but at least as hard will be the loss of Delegate Jim LeMunyon. Jim has been an effective legislator and advocate for the citizens of the 67th District since he was sworn in in 2010. His steady, dedicated, and thorough approach to meeting the practical needs of his constituents and keeping them informed about their government’s activities will be missed very soon.

Despite his outstanding record, Jim LeMunyon was overcome by a statewide tidal wave, as Delegates in districts across Virginia that last year voted for Hillary Clinton were swept out of office. So many in fact that control of the House of Delegates remains uncertain.

Fortunately, despite the election night returns, it appears that Delegate Tim Hugo has been reelected in the 40th District. Please join me in congratulating Tim, and wishing him well as he continues his service in the House.

Our five challenger candidates – Lolita Mancheno Smoak, Linda Schulz, Cheryl Buford, Adam Roosevelt, and Paul Haring – also were defeated. We very much appreciate the courage and commitment to the principles of our party that they showed in choosing to run for office on the Republican ticket.

Commentators have been quick to opine about the reasons for last night’s results. Some of them know very little about Virginia politics. Others may have axes to grind and oxen to gore. They certainly can’t all be right. But there’s a market for the quick and simple answer that matches up with what we each want to believe, so it’s really no surprise.

Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck has put the loss down to three factors: The Senate’s failure to repeal Obamacare, out-of-state money funneled to the Democrats, and the increasing tendency of non-white and younger Virginians to vote Democrat. I’m sure those all played a part.

I claim no special insight into politics south of the Occoquan, but I do have thoughts about the situation in Fairfax County. I may write about that another time. For now, I’ll just offer three observations:

1. Donald Trump did not carry Virginia.

2. Ed Gillespie performed slightly better in Fairfax County than Donald Trump did in November 2016: 31.2% for Ed, compared to 28.6% for the President.

3. Turnout this year was up sharply over past gubernatorial elections at both the state and County levels. Fifty-six percent of Fairfax County voters cast ballots yesterday, compared to 46.8% in 2014 and 44.6% in 2009. Turnout in a race for Governor had not been over 50% since George Allen was elected in 1993.

Finally, I offer my deepest thanks to all the volunteers who stood out in the rain yesterday, wet feet and all. And also to those who got up well before dawn to work inside at a polling place or to set up outside; who walked all summer long, knocking on doors; who called and emailed to find help for back-to-school night or to cover absentee voting or on Election Day.

Thousands of people helped in many, many ways over the course of the past year, and we are all grateful for your commitment. I know the candidates are especially grateful that so many people gave their time and effort so willingly and selflessly. Our volunteers and our culture of grassroots political action represent the best traditions and the truest sprit of this country.

Most Sincerely,

Matt Ames

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From Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Whitbeck

RPV Chairman John Whitbeck sent out the following email this morning:

Before I rehash our efforts last night I need to give thanks. Thank you for your hard work, time, and treasure over the course of the election. I want to thank Ed Gillespie, Jill Vogel, John Adams, and all our Republican nominees for putting their names into the arena.

I will be blunt: last night was a terrible night for our Party. We had an excellent slate of statewide candidates, every single one of them had a higher vote total than Bob McDonnell received in 2009, and we still lost. Four years ago, a Republican vote total of 1.17 million, Gillespie’s vote total last night, would have captured the Governor’s mansion with a margin of over 100,000 votes. Last night, that number was good for a loss of over 8 points.

With every defeat comes lessons and here are a few takeaways:

Inaction by the US Senate GOP is Killing Our Party. Two weeks before Election Day, the prices for the Obamacare exchange came out. As expected, the rates were truly horrific.

What does this have to do with the election or the Senate GOP? According to exit polls, healthcare was the most important issue to voters yesterday and we lost that voting segment massively: 77% to 23%! Failure to repeal Obamacare hurt us as a country and that inaction specifically damaged our Party with voters last night.

If no major items are passed in the US Senate over the next year, the 2017 elections will be a preview of 2018 elections.

Out-Of-State Money Made A Difference. RPV raised and spent a record for an off-year election in Virginia. Our Party had the largest field staff in history, set a record for the most mailers sent, and even had an ad get featured on Meet The Press the weekend before the election. Unfortunately, this paled in comparison to the amount of money spent by unions, Planned Parenthood, and out-of-state billionaires.

While such a funding disparity will likely be impossible for Democrats to maintain over the coming elections, it had a major impact last night.

Virginia Has Changed And Is Changing. Last night, 68% of voters under the age of 45 voted Democrat. Minority populations continue to climb as a percent of Virginia’s population and last night our nominees lost non-white voters 80% to 20%. If we do not find a way to appeal to these two groups the results will be grim.

We Must Prepare For 2018. The Democrats are motivated now more than ever and they will be coming for our Congressional District members in 2018. We must quickly regroup and prepare for next year.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have had hard times like this before and we always come back from them. This time will be no different. We have a choice, either quit and concede the Commonwealth to progressives or fight back and re-take Virginia. I choose to fight.

Join me.

 

 

John Whitbeck
Chairman
Republican Party of Virginia

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Time to VOTE!

IT’S ELECTION DAY!

Today we elect Ed Gillespie as Governor, Jill Vogel as Lieutenant Governor, and John Adams for Attorney General!

VOTING INFO

Look up your polling place here!

Polls will be open from 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM. Do not let the bad weather dissuade you from voting — this race will be extremely close and could come down to just a couple hundred votes (as it did in the 2013 attorney general’s race).


VOLUNTEER

If you want to help with election day operations (poll watching, sample ballot distribution, phone banking, etc.), or have any questions, contact your county/city GOP:

Arlington 703-677-8217 // volunteers@ArlingtonGOP.org
Fairfax  703-766-4467 // info@fairfaxgop.org
Alexandria 571-281-7042 // chair@alexgop.org
Falls Church 703-672-1188 // FallsChurchGOP@gmail.com


A MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN

When I arrived at the office today wearing my “I VOTED” sticker, an office colleague commented, “there aren’t too many occasions when adults can wear stickers.”

It’s 11 am. Do you have your sticker yet?

And if you do have your sticker, have you seen other Republicans without a sticker (either in person or on Facebook)?

Nearly every poll shows this race within the margin of error, which means it is too close to call. So every vote will count.

We don’t have too look to far back in our statewide elections to understand just how close this race will be. Ed Gillespie lost his bid for Senate in 2014 by less than 1%. Mark Obenshain lost his bid for Attorney General in 2013 by about 1,000 votes, or 0.1%.

Polls are open till 7pm this evening. Please go vote and bring a friend with you.

Why is it important?

Because our ticket has focused on issues: pro-growth policies for our economy, better transportation ideas, a commitment to public safety, and adherence to the rule of law (wouldn’t it be nice to have an Attorney General committed to this fundamental principle).

The leader of our ticket, Ed Gillespie, laid out a comprehensive set of 21 policies aimed at moving Virginia forward to be a leader in the nation again.

You can check it out for yourself here: www.edforvirginia.com/issues

The Democrats have offered no ideas. In all the ads that you have undoubtedly seen on TV, do you know a single thing Ralph Northam is for? I’m betting you don’t because he has run what I like to call an “ist” campaign.

What is an “ist” campaign? It’s a negative tactic aimed at labeling your opponent as something that sounds bad. The lowest point was when Northam and his allies decided their closing argument in the final days of this campaign would be to call Ed Gillespie, and all of his supporters really, a “racist.”

Unfortunately, for many Democrats, it’s more than a campaign tactic. Right here in Northern Virginia at a Northam rally, State Senator Barbara Favola called Republicans “evil.” And when she did, the Democrats in the audience howled and applauded in approval of the comment.

As Ed Gillespie said, too many Democrats don’t just disagree with us, they disdain us.

This is the battle we are in today. Please make sure you vote by 7pm — and bring a friend with you.

– Mark Kelly


PARTY

The Fairfax County GOP will host an election night victory party at the Ernst Center at NOVA Annandale, 8333 Little River Turnpike in Annandale, beginning at 7:30.


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We’re surging!

We’re just a few days away from Election Day, and the momentum is on our side! THREE new polls have come out today showing we are either tied or leading in all three statewide races!

Roanoke College poll:
Gillespie 47, Northam 47
Vogel 45, Fairfax 45
Adams 46, Herring 46

The Polling Company poll:
Gillespie 45, Northam 43
Vogel 43, Fairfax 40
Adams 43, Herring 42

Rasmussen Reports poll:
Gillespie 45, Herring 45

We need to bear down and fight to the last minute! Here’s what you need to know for this weekend!

  1. Saturday is the last day to vote absentee in person. Click here for hours and locations.
  2. There is a Get Out the Vote rally with Carly Fiorina and Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan Saturday at 9:00 am. It’ll be at Accotink Academy, 8519 Tuttle Road, Springfield (map). The event is free; click here to RSVP.

  3. And your help is needed! Please click here to volunteer to help Ed Gillespie’s campaign, or contact your local county/city Republican committee to help with their efforts.

Onward to victory!

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Ralph Northam Disdains You

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