George Soros-backed prosecutor Buta Biberaj, known for her progressive stance, has been defeated in her re-election bid for Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney in Virginia by a Republican challenger named Bob Anderson. Soros’s financial support for left-leaning prosecutors, criticized by Republicans, has raised concerns about their emphasis on social justice over traditional justice. Despite significant funding, Biberaj was ousted from office by voters, highlighting a rare defeat for a Soros-backed candidate.
The surprising outcome becomes even more remarkable considering the significant financial gap in the county-level prosecutor’s election.
Reports indicate that Democrat Biberaj amassed over $1.1 million for her re-election campaign, a stark contrast to the $70,000 raised by Anderson’s campaign.
Biberaj secured her initial election in 2019, as reported by The Washington Free Beacon, with substantial backing from Soros-funded progressive entities, totaling nearly $1 million. This support included an $850,000 contribution from the Soros-backed Justice and Public Safety organization, a misleadingly named political action committee centered in Washington D.C. with a focus unrelated to actual “justice” or “public safety.”
In addition to direct contributions, Biberaj received in-kind support amounting to approximately $18,000 from the New Virginia Majority, a Democrat-aligned organization. Notably, this organization had received a cash infusion of over $75,000 from the Soros-funded PAC earlier that year.
The combined funding and support played a pivotal role in Biberaj’s victory over GOP-appointed Commonwealth’s Attorney Nicole Wittmann in Virginia’s 2019 elections, securing a 51-48% margin.
Fast forward four years, and the Loudon Times-Mirror has reported that Biberaj conceded the county’s commonwealth’s attorney race to Republican challenger Anderson over a week after the election.
On election night, Anderson held a roughly 1,000-vote lead, which narrowed to just 300 votes after the inclusion of hundreds of absentee and provisional ballots in the days following the casting of votes.
Ultimately, Anderson was officially declared the winner with 68,068 votes, representing 49.92% of the total, while Biberaj garnered 67,768 votes, equivalent to 49.7% of the total. The remaining ballots were attributed to candidates written in by voters.
The Times-Mirror reported that Anderson, who previously served as Loudon County’s commonwealth’s attorney from 1996-2003, made a statement after the election results were certified:
“The voters of Loudoun County have spoken loud and clear: It is time for a new commonwealth’s attorney who will focus on putting violent criminals behind bars, not on failed woke agendas.”
“I will immediately begin transitioning the office to restore commonsense policies and get back to keeping our community safe.
“It’s time to get to work,” he added and noted separately that he had received a “gracious” concession call from Biberaj.
Biberaj seems to have opted not to contest the final results, despite the notably narrow margin.
The Virginia Mercury reported that the “controversial” Biberaj had drawn sharp criticisms from both Democrats and Republicans for her progressive agenda, which involved not prosecuting individuals deemed to be low-level and non-violent criminals. Many of these individuals reportedly went on to re-offend or escalated their criminal behavior to include violence.
She also faced backlash for her attempted prosecution of the father of a high school student rape victim who spoke passionately about the incident at a school board meeting. The wrongly charged man was later pardoned by Republican Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin.