Tom Steyer says he'll use $1M to engage Virginia Millennials

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The billionaire founder of a liberal advocacy group is putting $1 million toward registering at least 12,000 millennial voters in Virginia in hopes of flipping the Republican-led General Assembly to Democrats.

Liberal advocacy group NextGen America, which was founded by investor and Democratic activist Tom Steyer, announced Monday that it will reach out to voters ages 18 to 35 in some of Virginia's Republican-held districts and focus on the key issues of gun safety, reproductive rights and climate change, The Washington Post reported.

"This is a specific focus on the two chambers of the legislature, and each one of them can turn blue this year," Steyer said. "Obviously, that's something that would be incredibly important."

The Post also reported that Priorities USA and Emily's List announced Monday that they will back some of the 36 female candidates around the state who support abortion rights, in part with a $600,000 digital campaign "focused on voter persuasion and mobilization."

All 140 seats are on Virginia's ballot this November. Republicans hold thin majorities, with a 51-48 advantage in the House and a 20-19 edge in the Senate.

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