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Virginia government shifts with Democrats dominating Election Day

Democrats have taken control of the Virginia General Assembly, flipping both the Senate and House blue. 

“Tonight, the ground has shifted in Virginia government,” Gov. Ralph Northam said in a press release late Tuesday. “The voters have spoken, and they have elected landmark Democratic majorities in both the Senate and the House of Delegates.”

Key House victories

Democrats grabbed six additional seats, giving them a 55-45 lead in the House.

In House District 94, Democrat Shelly Simonds defeated Republican incumbent David Yancey in a rematch from 2017. Simonds garnered 58 percent of the votes for the district, while Yancey earned 40 percent, according to unofficial election returns. 

In House District 76, Democratic candidate Clint Jenkins defeated Republican incumbent Chris Jones. Jenkins tallied 56 percent of the vote, while Jones gathered 44 percent.  

Democrat Martha Mugler won House District 91, an open seat previously held by Repub...

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