Tuesday’s election results shifted Republican party’s power in Richmond

Polls opened Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Virginia and across the U.S. for state, local and special elections. Voters came out in droves to vote  in the heavily-contested election cycle the year before the 2020 presidential election. 

President Trump tweeted multiple times regarding the Virginia elections and encouraged Virginians to vote republican and “send a signal to D.C.” Tuesday’s election results changed the trajectory of politics in the commonwealth of Virginia, toppling the leading party in both legislative houses of government. 

Democrats won the once Republican-held majorities in the House of Delegates and State Senate for Virginia. Virginia Democrats now have a nine-seat majority in the House of Delegates (54-43) and a two-seat majority in the Senate (21-19), according to The Washington Post . For the first time in 26 years, Democrats will have control of Virginia’s government with Democrat Governor Ralph Northam and a majority in both the House and Senate, according to The Washington Post. 

Liberty alumnus and republican Wendell Walker secured the win for District 23, receiving over 76% of the vote, according to Virginia Department of Elections. Walker will represent Liberty University and parts of Lynchburg in the Virginia House of Delegates. Incumbent Republican Senator Steve Newman was uncontested in his race and won reelection for District 23.

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