RNC chair Ronna McDaniel says ‘successful’ Virginia get-out-the-vote effort a ‘test run’ for 2022 midterms

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EXCLUSIVE: LAS VEGAS — Republican National Committee (RNC) chair Ronna McDaniel says the GOP’s get-out-the-vote efforts in this week’s elections in Virginia were just a taste of things to come in the 2022 midterms, when her party aims to win back majorities in the House and Senate.

“Virginia was a great test run for next year and it was successful,” McDaniel said in an interview with Fox News on Friday night, as she attended the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting in Las Vegas.

“Virginia was a great test run for next year and it was successful.”

Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel speaks with Fox News at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting, in Las Vegas, Nov. 5, 2021.
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“We had 120 staff on the ground. We had 13 offices and we were really, really, effective at finding unexpected votes. We found 100,000 unexpected voters, which was a key factor in winning.”

Turnout soared in the Virginia election compared to the previous gubernatorial contest four years ago, and the RNC was not alone in getting out the vote.

The rival Democratic National Committee (DNC) noted that it invested nearly $6 million in cash and direct contributions in the race, which a DNC official said was part of “the committee’s largest-ever investment in the commonwealth in history. While Terry McAuliffe came up short … these investments clearly paid off.”

“Democratic turnout was strong across the board, with McAuliffe winning almost 50% more votes than last time he was on the ballot in 2013 and even exceeded the enthusiastic turnout for Ralph Northam in 2017,” the DNC official continued. “We believe this was in large part due to the Democratic Party of Virginia’s strong coordinated campaign, which was largely funded by the DNC, and the DNC’s distributed organizing program.”

McDaniel, in her interview with Fox News, noted the RNC’s organizing efforts in Virginia were just an appetizer for the 2022 contests from coast to coast, and that the effort was already under way.

“We’re already doing voter registration. We’re already building up our staff across the country. We already have 300 staff across the country. We’re opening engagement centers in Hispanic, Asian, and African-American communities,” McDaniel said. “This is already beginning. It will just be a lot bigger scale than Virginia. But the RNC’s already on the ground everywhere.”

McDaniel spoke hours after a robust jobs report showed the U.S. economy adding more than a half-million jobs last month and hundreds of thousands more than originally reported for August and September.

But McDaniel, citing statistics, argued that “this recovery is being driven by Republican governors and Republican leaders. Joe Biden has done everything he can to hurt it.”

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