Winning Locally — Taking Back a State Legislative Chamber in the South

In 2007, 2009 and 2011, Nesbitt Research provided more than 60 research reports and memos for the Virginia Democratic Party. We conducted on-the-ground research from rural Southwest Virginia to the urban counties of Northern Virginia. Our legal investigations uncovered cases of targets representing child support deadbeats, abusive behavior, drug dealers, as well as corporate clients who employed questionable tactics. Our research of a four-term incumbent Delegate untangled an eight-year-old controversy involving a no-bid contract, his campaign donors, his consulting job, and a misuse of public resources to promote cronyism. In 2007, Nesbitt Research helped Senate Democrats take back the chamber for the first time in a decade and pick up four seats in the House, the largest gain in that chamber since the Watergate scandal.