Democrats gained control of both houses of the Virginia General Assembly Tuesday, tapping strength in the suburbs to consolidate power for the first time in a generation and deliver a rebuke to President Trump.
Several results were still close after polls closed on the most expensive and most-watched Virginia legislative races in years, but Democrats flipped at least two seats in the state Senate and at least five in the House of Delegates to takemajorities in both.
Officials reported unusually high turnout in an electionthat served as an opening salvo in next year’s presidential showdown, a test of Democratic defiance and Republican resolve in the era of Trump.
The sweep completed a dramatic political conversion, from red to blue, of a Southern state on Washington’s doorstep.
Both U.S. Senators, a majority of the congressional delegation and all three statewide office holders are Democrats. The state was carried by Democrats in the last three presidential elections. Republicans have not won a statewide contest since 2009.