#VirginiaDemocrats are poised to claim at least a share of control of the House of Delegates after erasing a 32-seat Republican advantage in a “tsunami election,” with control of the chamber likely to be ultimately decided by vote recounts.
#NorthernVirginia journalist #DanicaRoem made history by becoming the first openly transgender candidate elected to a state #legislature in the nation, while her party appeared to make a epochal gain in power in a #legislative chamber that has been under an iron #Republican grip.
#Democrats picked up three open seats — including one in #HenricoCounty — and knocked off at least 13 #Republican incumbents on Tuesday to draw even in power in the #House, pending recounts that could still swing in either direction. “It’s quite an experience to experience a tsunami election, and this is it!” said #HouseMinorityLeader David J. Toscano, D-Charlottesville, who conceivably could become the next speaker of the house instead of #MajorityLeader M. Kirkland Cox, R-Colonial Heights.
The tsunami resulted from the electoral earthquake a year ago that put Republican #DonaldTrump in the #WhiteHouse, Toscano said. “You can’t get away from this being a very clear reaction to #Trump.” Upsets rocked House races from one end of #Virginia’s urban crescent to another, with #Roem vanquishing prominent social conservative Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, along with seven #Republicanincumbents in #NorthernVirginia.
In the #Richmond area, #Democrat Debra H. Rodman defeated 17-year incumbent Del. John M. O’Bannon III, R-Henrico, a high-ranking member of the #HouseAppropriations Committee, by more than 900 votes, and Democrat Dawn M. Adams shocked Del. G. Manoli Loupassi, R-Richmond, by almost 500 votes.