Democrats, riding a tidal wave of votes in northern Virginia, swept all three statewide Virginia elections last night, and may have captured the House of Delegates. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam easily defeated former Republican National Committee chairman Ed Gillespie, 54-45%, with a turnout of more than 2.61 million voters, an increase of about 14% when compared to the 2013 election. Democrats scored convincing but smaller wins at the Lt. Governor and Attorney General. The Northam victory margin was much larger than polling had forecast.
Democrats scored major gains in the House of Delegates, securing a net gain of at least 15 seats with as many as seven races potentially headed to re-counts. It will likely take several days and maybe weeks to sort out, but the chamber majority is definitely undecided as both parties look to have secured, or are leading in, 50 districts.
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