Republicans retake majority in Virginia House

The Republicans ousted the Democratic incumbents in at least six state races, giving the GOP a small advantage of 51 seats over the 49 Democrats. That majority could grow to 52 seats after voting in a prominent Virginia Beach district. According to the state election committee, the democratic incumbent was behind with 147 votes by Saturday morning. The Democrats retain control of the Senate.

The Democrats in the Legislature sent a unified message emphasizing their progressive policies and a warning that a Republican takeover would jeopardize that progress. For the past two years, unitary power in the legislature has allowed Democrats to enact measures on voting rights, police reform, gun control, legalizing marijuana, and more.

“We have spent this election cycle talking about the issues we campaigned for and highlighting the tremendous progress we have made in the majority,” House spokeswoman Eileen Filler-Corn said in a statement . “Unfortunately the headwinds were too strong and the maps drawn by the previous majority presented a challenge too great to master.”

The Democrats in the State House got involved more than $ 50.8 million in that election cycle, which far exceeded the total Republican total of $ 23.3 million.

The Republicans tried to portray the Democrats as radical radicals and put the election as a referendum on the left’s agenda. This strategy has proven itself. House Democrats lost ground in rural areas and suburbs, reflecting where McAuliffe also fell short.

The American Conservative Union quickly put forward a list of priorities for the legislature, beginning with the “repeal of all dire policies passed earlier this year.” Specifically, the Republican group has listed a major voting rights package, a bill to lift abortion bans on the state health insurance exchange, a move to create a vehicle low-emission program, gun control laws, and a bill to recognize racism as a public health crisis, and an overtime wage bill.

Republicans claimed victory just after midnight on Wednesday before major networks and The Associated Press declared the results final.

“Tonight’s historic excitement is evidence that Virginians are poised to move towards an optimistic vision for the Commonwealth of protecting individual freedoms and freedoms, where parents are empowered, where businesses are best for them and theirs Workers are allowed to do and “Community safety is a top priority,” said Dee Duncan, president of the Republican State Governance Committee.

“While we are proud of our efforts in Virginia,” added Duncan, “our remarkable success tonight will inherently motivate the National Democrats to attack our wafer-thin majorities across the country in 2022, and we know we are tougher than ever have to work to “protect you.”

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