All four Virginia prosecutor candidates backed liberal billionaire George Soros emerged victorious in Tuesday’s elections.
Soros and other liberal Democrats spent millions on prosecutor races ahead of the elections in a bid to overhaul the state’s criminal justice system, supporting candidates who vowed to introduce criminal justice reform and change the state’s policies on the death penalty. In addition to the $1.2 million in funds Soros spent on House of Delegates and Senate races in the commonwealth, he funneled an additional $2 million to four Democratic prosecutor candidates.
Their candidates’ wins could lead to a major shift in Virginia’s criminal justice system.
Among the candidates backed by Soros was Buta Biberaj, the Democrat running in the Loudon County commonwealth attorney race. Biberaj received nearly $850,000 from the Justice and Public Safety PAC, a D.C.-based committee financed by Soros. The PAC was by far the largest donor to the campaign.
Biberaj defeated the recently appointed Republican commonwealth attorney Nicole Wittmann 51.17 percent to 48.73 percent. Biberaj also received $18,000 in in-kind donations for canvassing and phone banking services from New Virginia Majority, a civic engagement and issue advocacy group that received $75,000 from Soros’s Justice and Public Safety PAC earlier this year.
Steve Descano, the liberal candidate in Fairfax County, was the recipient of $600,000 from Soros’s PAC. Descano defeated independent candidate Jonathan Fahey 61.34 percent to 38.38 percent. Descano expressed interest in putting together a coalition of prosecutors to lobby for progressive legislation following the elections. Soros’s PAC was the most generous donor to his campaign.