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Democrats take control of Virginia legislature

For the Republicans: Close, but no cigar.

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Virginia State Capitol (photo by Martin Kraft [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons)

In a race that was closely watched as a possible harbinger of 2024, Democrats in Virginia gained control of the state legislature by flipping the House of Delegates and maintaining their majority in the state Senate.

The election was seen as a rebuke of Governor Glenn Youngkin, a Republican who is considering running for president next year.

In the state Senate, the Dems hold 21 seats to the 17 held by Republicans.

The House now has 51 Democrats to 47 Republicans, with two races still undecided.

Republicans had hoped to establish a Republican trifecta, which they have not had since 2013.

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