Del. Toscano Hosts Political Discussion at Paramount Theater
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - With just four weeks until all 140 seats in Virginia's House of Delegates are up for re-election, Democrat David Toscano is taking a look ahead at what 2020 could look like for the commonwealth.
On Wednesday night, the outgoing incumbent held a political discussion at the Paramount Theater. Author John Grisham and CNN commentator Paul Begala talked about what Democrats in Virginia need to focus on before this year's General Election.
"We're very hopeful and confident that we can take the majority of the House this year and perhaps the Senate as well," Toscano said. "Traditionally, this is the year where turnout is the lowest and so our big challenge is to get our voters to the polls."
The event dove into the upcoming 2019 state legislative elections in Virginia and looked at some of the Democratic candidates hoping to challenge President Donald Trump in 2020.
"I'm not sure who that person is going to be, but the top four right now are taking turns stumbling," Grisham said.
"I really would bet that someone who is in single digits today will be in the top three in Iowa in 120 days," Begala said.
As for Richmond, Toscano says the key to flipping the House in favor of the Democrats is working to get more people out to the polls on November 5.
"If we can get the turn out up, I think we're going to prevail," Toscano said.
Proceeds from Wednesday's event are going directly to Democratic candidates across the commonwealth. The deadline to register to vote in this year's election is October 15.