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Virginia election results: Democrats take control of state legislature

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  • Virginians headed to the polls on Tuesday for their state legislature races. The results indicated that Democrats took control of both the State Senate and the House of Delegates.
  • This election is particularly meaningful to Democrats who now have control of the state legislature for the first time in over two decades.
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Voters in Virginia headed to the polls on Tuesday for state legislature races in a closely-watched election. By Tuesday night, it appeared that Democrats took control of both the State Senate and the House of Delegates.

According to the state’s election site, Democrats won 21 of the 40 State Senate seats, meaning they flipped the legislative body. Results also indicated that Democrats had won or were slated to win 53 of the 100 House races.

This election is particularly meaningful to Democrats who now have control of the state legislature for the first time in over two decades. Virginia’s Democratic governor Ralph Northam declined to resign despite a political scandal that erupted earlier this year.

Outside groups and partisan committees poured millions of dollars into this year’s race. According to the Associated Press, Republicans were hoping that Trump’s impeachment would spur conservative voters to the polls, while Democrats were hoping it would energize their base.

Elsewhere in America, Democrats also shook up elections on Tuesday. In Kentucky, Democrat Andy Beshear is projected to defeat Gov. Matt Bevin in its gubernatorial election. 

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