Democrats win key seat in Virginia legislature by 1 vote

Photo: Virginia House of Delegates in session.

The GOP’s 66-34 supermajority in Virginia’s lower legislature has evaporated in last month’s elections.

With two recounts still to go, Democrats have won a 50th seat in Virginia’s 100-seat lower legislature, after a recount handed them a 16th win by a single vote. The GOP candidate led by 10 votes before the recount.

If Republicans win the two remaining recounts, a power-sharing arrangement is likely, with committees run by a co-chair from each party.

Republicans still hold a 1 seat advantage, 21-19, in the state senate, where there were no elections this year.


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