Michael Bloomberg spent a pile of cash in Virginia to help Democrats try to take over the State Senate.
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The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the composition of the Virginia State Senate will remain at 21 Republicans and 19 Democrats. If the Democrats had won just one seat then Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) could vote to break ties. The real battle was for two open seats – the 10th in the Richmond area and 29th in the Manassas area – which were held by the Republicans and Democrats respectively. Voters in both districts voted for the status quo ante bellum.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA), no friend of gun owners, is term-limited to only one term. With Republicans holding both houses of the Virginia General Assembly, any plans he has for more gun control go nowhere.
Below is an example of the ad that Bloomberg’s Everytown Moms for Illegal Mayors ran in the Virginia 10th Senate District against Republican Glen Sturtevant. He ran a similar ad in the Virginia 29th Senate District against Republican Hal Parrish. In that case, he had more success.
Sebastian at Shall Not Be Questioned had a number of posts regarding Bloomberg’s efforts, Andy Parker’s unstable behavior, and the Virginia elections. He recognized the impact of these elections before most in the gun blogging community.
On a related note, Mr. and Mrs. Gabby Giffords dropped a pile on the race between Sen. Dick Black (R-Loudon-Prince William) and pediatrician Jill McCabe. Final results show Black winning majorities in both Loudon and Prince William counties.