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RICHMOND, Va. — Virginia State delegate Jennifer McClellan (D.) won Virginia’s 9th Senate District seat in a special election held Tuesday.

McClellan won the seat in a landslide victory over Corey Fauconier (Libertarian) garnering 95 percent of the vote.

“Congratulations to my good friend, Senator-Elect Jennifer McClellan on her victory in Virginia’s 9th Senatorial District,” said Democratic Party of Virginia (DPVA) Chairwoman Susan Swecker. “From community leader, to the House of Delegates, and now State Senator – Jennifer is a proven leader who fights for all Virginians. Our Virginia Democratic family is proud of her achievements, and look forward to what lies ahead for her new role in Virginia’s Senate.”

McClellan previously represented the 71st District in the House of Delegates, which she had served in since 2006.

The 9th District seat was open after State Senator Donald McEachin won the congressional race for Virginia’s 4th district seat in November.

Before Election Day, McClellan received endorsements from Governor Terry McAuliffe, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and former seat holder and U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin.

The 9th Senate District is a heavily Democratic district, made up of parts of Richmond, Henrico, and Hanover, along with all of Charles City County.

We've accomplished so much together in a short time.
Since the start, supporters like you across the district have taken action to help our campaign, knocking doors, making phone calls, hosting events, and donating--now we're less than 24 hours away from the Special Election that could send me to the Senate. 

In order for us to win tomorrow, we'll need a strong voter turnout in the district on my behalf. With Special Elections, turnout is particularly important. With bad weather like we have now, it's especially important that good voters like you vote. We'll need every vote to win. So please grab a friend and head to the polls to vote tomorrow
Here's everything thing you need to know about voting tomorrow:
  • In order to have your vote counted you must vote at your polling place. You can find your polling place here
  • If you have requested a ballot and have not mailed it yet, you can still vote. Bring your completed ballot with you to your local registrar's office, or cast your ballot in person at your polling place by 7 p.m.
  • If you run into any issues at the polls, or have any questions about voting please do not hesitate to call the voter protection hotline: 844-4VA-VOTE.
  • If you anticipate needing a ride to get to the polls on election day, please call our campaign 804-482-0714.

UPDATE: Due to expectedly inclement weather conditions all GOTV canvass shifts for this weekend have been cancelled!

Instead, we are asking every single person to step up and commit at least one hour of their time to making calls from home for the campaign.

Supporters like you volunteering your time is the only way we can bring Jenn to victory on Tuesday.

Every phone call we make and every voter we reach could equal another vote at the polls.

Email to get set up with virtual phone bank, which gives you instructions and a list of people to call, and start making calls now!


As soon as Jennifer McClellan set foot on the block in Richmond's Fan District, a man in a Santa hat called out to say he'll vote for her. A couple took a break from wrapping presents to chat with McClellan, telling her she'll be just fine.

"With a special, anything can happen," said McClellan, who says she's taking nothing for granted amid the unusual rhythms of a holiday special election to fill an opening in the state Senate.

Others are more certain.

"This is going to be Senator McClellan," Mimi Herington said as McClellan moved down the West Avenue sidewalk. "And then maybe..."

After spending most of her adult life in Democratic politics and activism, McClellan, 44, expected big things from 2016. Hillary Clinton was set to beat Donald Trump, a man McClellan said she feared like no other candidate before, and make history as the first woman to become president.

Tim Kaine - McClellan's political guide, who won his race for governor on the same 2005 night when she was elected to the House of Delegates - would take his brand of uplift and optimism to the national stage as vice president.


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We are now in the final week of the 2017 Session. We still have quite a bit of work to do, as a number of bills, including the budget, are in conference committees to work out differences between the House and Senate versions. Last week the Senate passed a number of controversial bills.