Democrats Flip Virginia Statehouse

They now have full control for first time in 26 years
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 6, 2019 3:51 AM CST
Democrats Flip Virginia Statehouse
In this Jan. 9, 2019 photo Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, center, arrives to deliver his State of the Commonwealth address during a joint session of the Virginia Legislature in the House chambers at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. .   (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Democrats flipped both houses of the Virginia legislature in Tuesday's election, giving them control of both the legislature and the governorship for the first time in 26 years. "I'm here to officially declare today, Nov. 5, 2019, that Virginia is officially blue," Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam told supporters in Richmond. The GOP had slender majorities in both houses before the election, but Democrats picked up seats for the state Senate and the House of Delegates in areas including Richmond and the Washington, DC, suburbs, the AP reports. The party has promised to raise the minimum wage and reform gun laws, reports CNN. (Read more Virginia stories.)

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