The Bulletin

A brief look at Virginia’s midterm outcomes since 1960

By: - November 9, 2022 5:33 pm

An ‘I Voted’ sticker. (Nathaniel Cline / Virginia Mercury)

1966 As LBJ and Democrats’ historic grip on the South slips, the GOP gains two of Virginia’s 10 House seats, cutting Dems’ majority from 8-2 to 6-4 and beginning a multiyear upward trajectory for Republicans. 

1970 – A one-seat gain gives the GOP its first delegation majority (6-4) since Reconstruction. It lasts 16 years. 

1974 A two-seat Democratic gain in the first election after Watergate wipes out the 7-3 GOP edge gained in Nixon’s landslide 1972 re-election for a 5-5 split.

1978 A 6-4 edge the GOP won in the 1976 Carter presidential election year remains unchanged.

1982 Democrats take back three seats from a 9-1 GOP delegation at the height of its power with Reagan’s election.

1986 The GOP’s hold weakens in Reagan’s second term. The delegation returns to  a 5-5 split.

1990 Democrats gain one seat, winning a majority they will hold until 2000. 

1994 The GOP gains one seat in Clinton’s first midterm, dropping the Democrats’ edge from 7-4 to 6-5. (Virginia gained an 11th congressional seat in 1992.) 

1998 The 6-5 Republican  advantage holds.

2002 In a rare midterm rout by a party in the White House (G.W. Bush), the GOP wins three seats to secure an 8-3 majority.  

2006 The 8-3 GOP majority is unchanged in Bush’s difficult second midterm.

2010  The Tea Party GOP gains three seats in Obama’s first midterm, retaking the delegation majority, 8-3.

2014The 8-3 GOP majority holds.

2018 Dems gain three seats in Trump’s disastrous midterm to take a 7-4 delegation majority.

2022 A possible crimson tide is little more than a ripple. A one-seat GOP gain trims Dems’ edge to 6-5. 


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Bob Lewis
Bob Lewis

Bob Lewis covered Virginia government and politics for 20 years for The Associated Press. Now retired from a public relations career at McGuireWoods, he is a columnist for the Virginia Mercury. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow on Mastodon: @[email protected]