- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Before the polls closed Tuesday in Virginia, state Democrats already were tempering expectations about the party’s prospects in state legislative contests.

The Democratic Party of Virginia circulated a memo that said the 2015 elections had always been an “uphill climb” and the fact that the party was heading into Election Day competitive was an indication of the ground they’ve gained.

All 140 seats of the General Assembly were up for election Tuesday, but much of the attention was on the state Senate, where Republicans hold a 21-19 advantage. If Democrats pick up one seat, they would gain effective control of the chamber with the tie-breaking vote of Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam.

The memo also cited “fatigue” from the seventh year of a Democratic presidency in a state where there are five statewide elected Democrats, gerrymandering, and outside spending by groups like the National Rifle Association and Americans for Prosperity.

The memo said the party’s demographic gains are among populations that don’t typically turn out to vote, “especially in an off-off-off year.”

Polls close at 7 p.m. in the state.

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