RICHMOND (VA) — Virginia’s Democratic leaders conceded Friday that the House of Delegates is now controlled by Republicans.
The Associated Press hasn’t called all races yet.
But House speaker Eileen FillerCorn issued a statement acknowledging that the GOP majority was in place shortly after Democratic Del. Martha Mugler conceded defeat to Republican challenger A.C. Cordoza, in a close race in the 91st house district. It is located in Virginia’s Hampton Roads area. WIth Mugler’s concession, Republicans now expect control over 51 seats in the 100-member chamber.
The concession would allow Republicans to complete an election sweep that saw them reclaim the offices of governor, lieutenant Governor and attorney general. This is being interpreted as a backlash against the Democratic majority, which has been pushing through progressive reforms for the past two years.
The General Assembly is now split, with Democrats holding a slim 21-19 majority in the Senate. 2023. is the last day that senators can be reelected.
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