McClellan’s Third Straw Poll Victory in Northern Virginia Shows Increasing Grassroots Momentum Behind Her Candidacy
RICHMOND — Candidate for governor Senator Jennnifer McClellan (D-Richmond) earned a strong win in the Loudoun County Democratic Committee’s 2021 Straw Poll, netting 46% of the vote — nearly 14% more than second-place candidate former Gov. Terry McAuliffe and more than double the votes of any other gubernatorial prospect. McClellan’s latest victory demonstrates the growing Democratic grassroots momentum behind her historic run to become the next governor of Virginia.
The Loudoun County victory marks McClellan’s third Northern Virginia straw poll victory, including winning the Fairfax County Democratic Committee’s “Pick Your Pony” Straw Poll in March and the Mount Vernon Democratic Committee Straw Poll in February. McClellan is the only candidate for governor not from Northern Virginia.
McClellan has received major endorsements from Loudoun County leaders, including Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall, Senator Jennifer Boysko, School Board Vice Chair Atoosa Reaser, and Soil and Water Board Member Pastor Michelle Thomas.
“Jenn’s huge showing in the Loudoun County Democratic Committee Straw Poll last weekend is proof of the growing momentum behind her bid to become Virginia’s next governor,” campaign manager Rachel Perry said. “Jennifer McClellan has spent decades building the Democratic Party of Virginia, and she has strong support from fellow Democrats who want a strong and diverse party. Winning straw polls in two of the three biggest counties in northern Virginia – and two of the four biggest in the Commonwealth – shows that Jenn is the candidate with the best grassroots Democratic strength to win the nomination.”
This past weekend, McClellan campaigned across Loudoun County, holding events with New Virginia Majority and Sen. Boysko and Chair Randall. She also attended church services with Holy and Whole Life Changing Ministries and visited a vaccination clinic at Riverside High School.
McClellan’s victory comes on the heels of her endorsement from the Women of Color Coalition, a national grassroots organizing group led by women of color first formed for the Biden-Harris 2020 campaign. If elected, McClellan would become the first woman governor of Virginia and the first Black woman governor in U.S. history.