Virginia Republicans Flip State House to Complete Election Sweep

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Republicans successful Virginia gained power of the state’s House of Delegates aft Democratic leaders on Nov. 5 conceded that the GOP has gained the majority.

The concession by the Democrats means Republicans person completed a expanse of the elections, which already included the contention for governor, lieutenant governor, and lawyer general.

House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn acknowledged the Republican bulk soon aft Democratic Del. Martha Mugler conceded decision successful a contention against Republican challenger A.C. Cordoza successful the 91st House District. Mugler’s concession gave Republicans 51 seats successful Virginia’s 100-seat House chamber.

“While the results of the predetermination were not successful our favor, our enactment for the radical of Virginia goes on,” said Filler-Corn.

Garren Shipley, a spokesperson for House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert, said Filler-Corn called Gilbert connected Friday.

“The House Republican caucus appreciates her pledge to a creaseless modulation to the incoming majority,” Shipley said.

Democrats held a 55–45 bulk heading into the predetermination connected Nov. 2.

Top Democrats, including Vice President Kamala Harris, saw the predetermination connected Tuesday arsenic a barometer for cardinal nationalist races successful 2022, which volition determine power of the U.S. House and Senate. President Joe Biden won the authorities by a 10-point borderline successful 2020, making the predetermination expanse a large reddish emblem that the president’s progressive docket is not playing good with voters.

The Republican statehouse victories are being seen arsenic a backlash against a Democratic bulk that has pushed done a bid of progressive reforms implicit the past 2 years, including the repeal of the decease penalty, a loosening of termination restrictions, and the legalization of marijuana.

In the House of Delegates races, Republican Kim Taylor scored a astonishment victory over three-term incumbent Democratic Del. Lashrecse Aird, giving Republicans the 50th spot connected Nov. 3. Aird claimed triumph precocious Tuesday, but a precocious surge by Taylor gave her a 741-vote win.

Democrats are inactive successful power of the authorities Senate, holding a 21–19 bulk until astatine slightest 2023. Republicans volition nevertheless person veto powerfulness coupled with power of the little chamber.

Republican Glenn Youngkin defeated former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe successful the most-watched 2021 contention connected Tuesday. Republican Winsome Sears bushed Democrat Hala Ayala successful the contention for the lieutenant governor’s office. Republican Jason Miyares bushed Democratic two-term incumbent Mark Herring successful the contention for the lawyer general’s office.

Youngkin’s triumph and the near-defeat of New Jersey’s Democratic politician person sparked fears that Democrats are connected people to suffer power of Congress successful adjacent year’s midterm elections.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Ivan Pentchoukov

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Ivan has reported for The Epoch Times connected a assortment of topics since 2011.

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