Cotter Smasal can’t get off the starting line

November 15, 2023

Inside Elections’ latest report shows VA-02 looking increasingly tough for Democrats.  

Even Missy Cotter Smasal’s team doesn’t feel confident about their chances. See for yourself…

  • “Cotter Smasal’s allies agree that her initial fundraising was on the weaker side.”
  • “The real challenge is that Jen Kiggans is a really good candidate,” said one Cotter Smasal ally. ”This idea that Democrats underestimate Jen Kiggans is a real thing.”

Even worse for Cotter Smasal, Kiggans has proven herself to be a strong bipartisan legislator, with Inside Elections highlighting “The congresswoman’s sponsorship of bipartisan legislation, including bills that would provide for servicemembers to receive pay in the event of a shutdown and improve mental healthcare for seniors on Medicare.”

“Like a car with no gas in the tank, Missy Cotter Smasal can’t get off the starting line. The longer she’s in the race, the more obvious it is that Cotter Smasal is getting lapped by Jen Kiggans.” – NRCC Spokeswoman Delanie Bomar