After millions of dollars spent on TV attack ads; numerous rallies, chicken dinners and other political fundraisers, and countless campaign phone calls to individual voters to ensure they make it to the polls to support their candidate, what has really changed in Richmond after Nov. 3?
Comparing the numbers in the House of Delegates and State Senate pre- and post-Election Day, the answer is “very little.”
All 140 seats in the two houses of the state legislature were on this year’s ballot. Heading into Nov. 3, the Republicans held a narrow 21-19 advantage in the Senate, and a commanding 67-33 edge in the House. A day later, and Republican senators still outnumber their Democratic colleagues, 21-19, while the Democrats gained a grand total of one seat in the House.
Some may take a cursory look at these numbers and conclude that voters must be happy for the most part with their representation in Richmond. But can that be true?
Others would point out that the state is...
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