Republicans believe they have a good chance this year to finally get a majority in the state House of Delegates - something the GOP hasn't had since 1928.
Thirty of the 35 Republican House members are running for re-election this year. Another 52 GOP newcomers are also on the ballot.
Sixteen House races already were set to be up in the air earlier this year because of incumbents opting not to run again. With several other contested races, the GOP believes it has a good chance to gain ground.
"We have the issues on our side, we have the right candidates and we have momentum and energy like we've never had before," House Minority leader Tim Armstead said at a press conference at the state Capitol Wednesday.
"That is why I believe that it is completely within the realm of possibility that we will be in the majority in the next legislative session," Armstead said.
Flanked by current House members and several candidates on this November's ballot, Armstead and other GOP leaders laid out their legislative agenda for the next year, should they win a majority.
Armstead said the GOP would turn the state's economy around and create jobs.
"When you get into the campaign season, you hear a lot of rhetoric," Armstead said, "but you don't hear a lot of solutions."
He said the GOP's plan was established on the foundation of fair elections and open, ethical government. He said the party's candidates all supported a fair Voter ID law, as well as tougher government ethics reforms and a budget and spending transparency act.
To create jobs, he said the GOP is committed to reforming the state's tax code, including the elimination of the equipment and inventory tax on businesses and providing tax relief to seniors by increasing the state's Homestead Exemption.
He said the GOP is committed to comprehensive education reforms that included reducing bureaucratic red tape, ensuring all students attend at least 180 days of school and moving forward with recommendations from this year's education audit.
Armstead said the GOP also supports establishing an intermediate court of appeals and boosting the state's infrastructure by finding a long-term way to fund road construction and maintenance.