Democrats won full control of both houses of Virginia’s General Assembly in Tuesday’s elections, dealing a major blow to the state’s Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin in a legislative race that drew national attention and major spending.
According to the Associated Press, Democrats in Virginia maintained their narrow majority in the state’s Senate while also flipping the House of Delegates.
All of the state’s 140 legislative seats were on the ballot on Tuesday night.
The state’s Democrats had campaigned heavily on protecting abortion rights in the state pushing back against Youngkin’s and the GOP’s efforts to establish a 15-week ban on the procedure.
While celebrating their big win at a watch party in Richmond, Democratic State Sens. Mamie Locke and Scott Surovell held up blue bricks representing their so-called “brick wall” against Youngkin’s agenda.
The Democratic victory is a major political blow to Youngkin who is seen as a rising national star by the GOP and campaigned heavily to secure both chambers for his party.
“It’s official: there will be absolutely no abortion ban legislation sent to Glenn Youngkin’s desk for the duration of his term in office, period, as we have thwarted MAGA Republicans’ attempt to take total control of our government and our bodies,” Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke said.
This is a developing story.