Last night, Republican Kevin Adams, the Glenn Youngkin-endorsed Republican nominee in Virginia’s 7th Senate District, lost 2023’s first big special election, flipping the seat from red to blue.
Because Youngkin previously announced that he would be pushing for an extreme abortion ban in the state — despite the fact that a majority of Virginians do not support restrictions on access to reproductive health care — abortion rights were a critical touchstone in this special election.
American Bridge 21st Century was key in finding and pushing out research to Virginians that demonstrated the extent of Adams’ support of Youngkin and his own anti-abortion rights agenda:
The American Independent: Virginia GOP state Senate candidate took $250,000 from anti-abortion politicians
Blue Virginia: SD7 GOP Nominee Praised Post (“Brilliantly Truthful!”) by Anti-Abortion Extremist Roy Moore Which Said That People Are “Too Soft To Place A Killer In A Well Deserved Tomb, But Brave Enough To Kill A Baby Before He Leaves The Womb”
This narrative was picked up by other in-state and national outlets and became key in the general dialogue about this race:
Washington Post: Abortion at the forefront in special election for Virginia Senate seat
VPM: Virginia Beach special election could tip balance in abortion fight
Virginia Mercury: From start to finish, 2023 will be a big year for abortion policy in Virginia
American Bridge was also successful in highlighting other troubling issues with Adams and his record to Virginia voters, including his anti-public education and anti-teacher statements, and his ties to radical anti-democracy figures like Roger Stone.
Published: Jan 11, 2023