One of the goals of CivicForumPAC in 2011 is to help Virginia Republicans take control of the state Senate where they need to net three seats to capture the General Assembly’s upper chamber. The Washington Examiner’s Dave Sherfinski provides a solid overview of the state Senate races to keep an eye out for this year.
Virginia Republicans need to pick up three state Senate seats in this year’s elections to take full control of the state government, and the party is stepping up plans to field challengers in virtually every district to increase its chances.
Democrats hold a 22-18 edge in the Senate, while Republicans control the governor’s mansion, the offices of the lieutenant governor and attorney general, and the state House of Delegates.
Republicans can pick up as few as two seats and still win an effective Senate majority because Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling casts tie-breaking votes.
While several districts in Northern Virginia could be competitive, including the new 31st held by retiring Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, D-Arlington, any pickup in the heavily blue region of the state would be seen as a coup for the GOP.
Republicans are looking more closely at districts in the more conservative southwestern part of the state, hoping to knock off incumbent Sens. Roscoe Reynolds, D-Martinsville; Phillip Puckett, D-Buchanan; and John Edwards, D-Roanoke.