The Democratic Electoral Decline of 2021 (Opinion Column, Virginia Capitol Connections)

Opinion Column By Stephen Farnsworth, Stephen Hanna, and Cassandra Atkinson

Virginia Democrats know how to get voters to the polls, as they did for every election after Donald Trump won the presidency. But in 2021, the first post-Trump election, the party failed to get its voters to turn out with comparable enthusiasm, costing the party losses in all statewide contests and control of the House of Delegates.