November 30, 2021 6:25 pm
Virginia Democrats concede defeat, say Republicans control House

Virginia Democrats concede defeat, say Republicans control House

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.

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 and lieutenant governor. 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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