Democrat leaders in Virginia conceded Friday that Republicans have taken control of the state’s House of Delegates, thus completing a sweep of the state’s elections this week after capturing the governorship, attorney general’s office, and lieutenant governorship.
“House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn issued a statement acknowledging the GOP majority shortly after Democratic Del. Martha Mugler conceded defeat in a tight race against Republican challenger A.C. Cordoza in the 91st House district, located in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region,” The Associated Press reported. “With Mugler’s concession, Republicans now expect control over 51 seats in the 100-member chamber.”
In a statement, Filler-Corn said in-part:
We spent this election cycle talking about the issues we championed and highlighting the tremendous progress we have made while in the majority. Unfortunately, the headwinds were too strong, and the maps drawn by the previous majority presented a challenge that was too great to overcome. …
While the results of the election were not in our favor, our work for the people of Virginia goes on. I will work to provide a smooth transition for the incoming speaker, and our Democratic caucus will work with the new majority in the House of Delegates and the governor’s administration to serve the best interests of all Virginians.
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