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Tom Steyer says he’ll use $1M to engage Virginia Millennials

June 24, 2019
FILE - In this March 13, 2019, photo, billionaire investor and Democratic activist Tom Steyer speaks during a "Need to Impeach" town hall event in Agawam, Mass. Steyer announced Monday, June 24 that he will put $1 million toward registering millennial voters in Virginia. Steyer's liberal advocacy group, NextGen America, will engage young voters in Republican-held districts in the hopes of flipping the Republican-led General Assembly to the Democrats in November. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The billionaire founder of a liberal advocacy group is putting $1 million toward registering at least 12,000 millennial voters in Virginia in hopes of flipping the Republican-led General Assembly to the Democrats.

The Washington Post reports that the liberal advocacy group NextGen America, which was founded by investor and Democratic activist Tom Steyer, announced Monday that it will reach out to voters aged 18 to 35 in some of Virginia’s Republican-held districts, and focus on the key issues of gun safety, reproductive rights and climate change.

“This is a specific focus on the two chambers of the legislature, and each one of them can turn blue this year,” Steyer said. “Obviously, that’s something that would be incredibly important.”

The newspaper also reported Priorities USA and Emily’s List announced Monday that they will back some of the 36 female candidates around the state who support abortion rights, in part with a $600,000 digital campaign “focused on voter persuasion and mobilization.”

Steyer also announced in January that he’s spending millions to call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment.

All 140 seats are on Virginia’s ballot this November. Republicans hold thin majorities, with three seats in the House and just one in the Senate. Virginia is one of four states with legislative races in 2019 but the only one where control of the state legislature is at stake.

“Women made history in 2017 when they were elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in record numbers, helping break the Republican supermajority,” said Stephanie Schriock, president of Emily’s List. “This year, with both chambers up for election, redistricting around the corner, and ongoing Republican attacks on women and families, the stakes could not be higher, which is why Emily’s List is doubling down on its effort to turn the Virginia Assembly blue.”

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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