One Country Project November 3, 2021


November 3, 2021 


One Country Project Statement on Virginia Election Results   

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, One Country Project (OCP) founder Senator Heidi Heitkamp released the following statement after the results of Virginia’s elections were announced.  

“Last night’s Republican sweep in Virginia makes it clear that Democrats will be doomed to walk in the electoral wilderness until they reestablish trust and rebuild a track record of accomplishment with rural Americans. While the ground that Governor McAuliffe gave up in the northern Virginia suburbs mattered, he carried each of those counties by double digits – and by bigger margins than President Obama when he won the state in 2012. Yet, even margins of nearly 30% and 54% in places like Fairfax and Arlington were not enough to counter the Republican surge in rural Virginia. 

A strategy based on running up stratospheric margins in a few key areas while ceding large swaths of rural America is one that will leave Democrats short time and time again. Democrats need to learn from last night’s results, listen to the message being sent by rural Americans, and put together a platform that serves them.”


About One Country Project  

The One Country Project, led by former Senators Heidi Heitkamp and Joe Donnelly, is working to promote greater opportunities for rural communities and ensure leaders earn their support. One Country is reengaging with rural Americans, serving as a clearinghouse of research and information for rural Americans, and working to ensure leaders regain trust by fighting for these communities. To learn more, visit the website,