Democrats win control of Virginia legislature for first time since 1994

The Democratic Party won control of the Virginia General Assembly on Tuesday, giving the party total control of the Old Dominion’s state government for the first time since 1994.

Democratic candidates outpaced Republican incumbents and nominees in the three most populous regions of the state, picking up seats in Hampton Roads, Richmond and the surrounding suburbs, and the fast-growing Washington suburbs.

By press time, Democrats had won at least 21 of 40 seats in the state Senate and 51 seats in the 100-member House of Delegates. Several races were left to call as vote counts proceeded into the night. Republicans had held slim majorities in the state House and Senate heading into election night.

The early results are nothing short of a major win for Democrats, who now control every lever of power in what was considered a swing state just a few years ago.

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