Republicans will maintain control of the Virginia House of Delegates after Republican Delegate David Yancey was declared the winner in the race for the 94th House of Delegates district. Election officials determined the winner by drawing from a bowl after the race was declared tied after a recount. Yancey’s victory cements the Republican majority at 51 members in the 100-member legislative chamber. Including Yancey’s district, three Republican delegates won districts in 2017 which Hillary Clinton carried in 2016.
Over the holiday break, RSLC President Matt Walter was quoted in numerous articles regarding Republicans’ electoral prospects heading into 2018. “The biggest challenge for us is going to be matching the dollars of former President Obama and Tom Steyer and some of the other big progressive spenders,” Walter said in an interview with PBS. Walter also reflected on lessons to be learned from the Virginia legislative elections in interviews with the Washington Post and Governing magazine.
Missouri Republican Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft heralded a dismissal of a lawsuit against the state’s voter identification law on Wednesday. “The people of Missouri were right, and common sense prevailed,” Ashcroft said in a released statement. “We followed the law, we expanded ballot access and we didn’t disenfranchise voters.” Ashcroft has argued that his state’s voter ID law should be a model for other states because of its exemptions that allow voters to cast a ballot even if they do not have an ID with them at the polls on election day.
The Washington Times published an op-ed by RSLC President Matt Walter titled “Flipping blue states to red” in which Walter highlights some of the vastly undercovered Republican state legislative wins of 2017. “[M]isreading the tea leaves in 2017 blue state election results may make a nice liberal talking point, but it is misleading and wrong,” Walter writes, pushing back on the media narrative that an electoral wave is approaching for Republicans.
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Congratulations to Speaker @kirkcoxVA and @yancey4delegate! Republicans will remain in the majority in the Virginia legislature. Looking forward to another successful session of conservative reforms. https://t.co/m4iZFzQoGh
— Republican State Leadership Committee (@RSLC) January 4, 2018
Since the launch of @RSLC_RWRN in 2012, 390 new Republican female legislators have been elected to state level offices. We look forward to helping elect even more state level GOP female candidates in 2018. https://t.co/n28dTwum5p
— Matt Walter (@RSLC_President) January 2, 2018
Wave Not Imminent: Republican State Legislators End 2017 with a Series of Special Election Victories https://t.co/CNT1KQJoZv
— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) December 22, 2017
Missourians overwhelmingly support Voter ID! Just this week we received a great victory, handing the ACLU a major defeat. Despite massive amounts of misinformation from the left, not one individual has been turned away from voting in MO. Common sense always prevails. https://t.co/PBfMeREaRg
— Jay Ashcroft (@JayAshcroftMO) January 4, 2018
“What we saw on election night was an exponential increase on dollars spent & levels of engagement from very progressive & liberal movements to engage in Virginia, really just to win blue districts & claw their way back to neutral,” — @RSLC_President https://t.co/QpDwxdvIq8
— Republican State Leadership Committee (@RSLC) January 2, 2018