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Democrat Sheila Bynum Coleman runs for District 62 Virginia House of Delegates seat.

Democrat Sheila Bynum Coleman runs for District 62 Virginia House of Delegates seat.

Sheila Bynum Coleman is running for Democrats in District 62 Virginia House of Delegates race this fall. The seat is currently held by Republican Riley Ingram. In 2015, this seat was challenged by one of the Democratic candidates also running this year, Sheila Bynum-Coleman. Ingram won this seat by a 2,325 vote margin out of 12,153 votes cast in 2015. There is all kinds of opportunity in this district for sure.

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DISTRICT 62 FAST FACTS

  • Residents = 80,010
  • Active Registered Voters = 44,431
  • Percent Registered = 56%
  • Total Vote in Last Race = 12,153
  • Participation Rate = 27%
  • Total Vote for Republican last Race = 7,239
  • Total Vote for Democrat last Race = 4,914
  • Localities = Chesterfield, Henrico, and Prince George Counties with Hopewell City

There are a total of 21 precincts in District 62. Chesterfield County has the most precincts with 10 while Prince George County has 2, Henrico County 4 and Hopewell City 5. Chesterfield is also the dominate locality in terms of Active Voters as well.

Here is the share of Active Voters by Locality:

Just judging by the pie chart it is clear the focus will be on Chesterfield County. That said, if voter registration can be boosted in some other areas, it is worth working most precincts in the district pretty heavily as well.

Here is chart showing the vote share of active voters by precinct. The initial at the beginning of each precinct name indicates the locality the precinct is in, (C) Chesterfield, (H) Henrico, (HO) Hopewell, (P) Prince George.

Nothing surprising here. Chesterfield County is where most of the opportunity lies, although, as noted above, registration drives in Hopewell City could pay some dividends as well.

This next chart will help identify our battleground precincts. Areas with low margins already make good targets to work early and build momentum. It is not a perfect measure as the volume of people in a precinct may be low, but it is a good leading indicator when developing a plan.

This chart is the Republican margin per precinct:

Looking at those margins, it remains clear that Chesterfield precincts represent the key battlegrounds overall. The Prince George precincts look prime, but honestly there are not enough registered active voters to direct too much focus there. You should never ignore any part of your district, just it would not be a priority area for me to work early.

The final scatter plot shows actual vote totals versus the Active Registered Voter total per precinct. The weakest support for the Republican will be the precincts below the red line, while the strongest areas of support for the Democrat are above the blue line. These precincts would form a good starting point for building support for any Democratic campaign in this district.

This is analysis I can do for your campaign simply based on publicly available data. If you work with me I can help you really zero on down to address by address data once I get a hold of your voter file to analyze.

You can request a file from ELECT office by contacting Vanessa Archie at vanessa.archie@elections.virginia.gov or at (804) 864-8908. Ask what it would take to obtain the Vote History List for District 62, let her know you are a candidate or a member of the campaign.

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Let's Turn Virginia Blue in 2017. If you do not have a candidate running in your district. Run, let me help!

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