PAC putting in big money to help Democrats in assembly races

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A political action committee says they plan to donate an additional $1.5 million to help flip the Virginia General Assembly and increase the number of female Democrats in the House and Senate races who support abortion rights.

Emily's List announced the contribution Monday. The Washington Post reports the donation, coupled with a $600,000 contribution Emily's List jointly made with Priorities USA, is the largest investment the PAC has ever made in an individual state's legislative elections.

President Stephanie Schriock says legislative races are underfunded and endorsing 39 women in the race is vital as Virginia hits a possible turning point.

The paper says Virginia is the only state where control in the assembly can be flipped in upcoming elections. Virginia Republicans lead the House 51-to-48 and the Senate 20-to-19.

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