Virginia House of Delegates 2005 Elections

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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Safe Democratic- 71st District

71st District

Outlook: Leans McClellan

The 71st District is currently represented by Viola Baskerville. The seat is based in the City of Richmond. It's a majority African American seat. This seat is very different from other majority African American seats though. The average income is very healthy for the Richmond area. There is a large gay community in "The Fan" in Richmond, giving the candidates another group to target. Two colleges are located in this district, VCU and Virginia Union, giving the candidates a group of liberal college professors. All together with the majority black population there are a lot of different groups of Democrats!

Two candidates have stepped forward:

Attorney and Democratic Activist Jennifer McClellan

Community Activist Melvin Law

Insiders tell me that this is really a Wilder v. Baskerville fight, with McClellan being a Baskerville ally and Law being a Wilder ally. 364 days of the year we would take the Wilder ally in any election in Richmond. But it appears Jennifer McClellan has taken an early lead here.This primary is the same day Viola Baskerville is on the ballot for Lt. Governor. That's an advantage to Jennifer if the buzz of this being a Baskerville-Wilder fight is on the street as we have heard. Viola will be bringing out voters that day- Wilder will not.

Jennifer also has a better staff even though their win/loss record may not show it. Everyone is due for a win once in a while, right?

Also McClellan leads in fundraising and seems to have a clear majority of active Democrats supporting her.McClellan is the favorite- but this one is worth watching as Law has the backers to catch up fast if he can pull it together. Only 50 days to do that!


At 12:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jen loses 21-79. Thats the real info.

At 4:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Remember when they gave death a Melvin in Bill and Ted? Yeah, that was cool.

At 12:36 AM, Anonymous deuce said...

Anonymous # 1: Real info from whom, for whom? Jen is the candidate with experience, with a track record of Democratic activism (former Chair of the Metro Richmond YDds) and Delegate Baskerville's support. What does her opponent have except the support of the Mayor of Richmond, who spends half the time attacking his fellow Democrats for no good reason and flirting with becoming a Republican, and the other half of his time trying to keep himself in the news and relevant!

At 7:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

deuce- isn't that what you said when you were working for Rudy the retard?

At 11:01 AM, Blogger Not Larry Sabato said...

I'm with deuce. good analysis.

At 5:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Paul Newman is half Jewish. Goldie Hawn is half too. Put them together- what a fine looking Jew!


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