By Karagan Knowles 11/07/2019
Virginia Democrats captured control of the state’s General Assembly for the first time in two decades. On Election Day, Democrats won majorities in both the house and senate in the marque warmup for next year’s presidential election.
“I’m here to officially declare today, Nov. 5, 2019, that Virginia is officially blue,” Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam told a crowd of supporters in Richmond.
Virginia was the only state in the country where control of the state legislature was on the line during Election Day. The wins give the Democrats full control of the state’s government for the first time in 26 years.
Tuesday marks the third election in a row that VA Democrats have reclaimed power in the state since the election of President Donald Trump in 2016.
Republicans in Virginia have not won a statewide race since Gov. Bob McDonnel in 2009. This Election Day means that Republicans now find themselves without power in either chamber or the General Assembly in nearly a generation.