Virginia Democrats concede loss of state House

The top Democrat in the Virginia House of Delegates conceded on Friday the party had lost its majority in the lower chamber to Republicans in Tuesday’s election.

In a statement, Virginia Speaker of the House Eileen Filler-Corn (D) said she is “proud of the campaigns our incumbents and our challengers ran.”

“Unfortunately, the headwinds were too strong, and the maps drawn by the previous majority presented a challenge that was too great to overcome,” Filler-Corn said. “We will dearly miss our colleagues who will not be with us the next term, but we will ensure their legacies are preserved.”

The concession comes as Republicans upset Democrats in the state’s highest profile races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general — all in a state where President Biden won by 10 points in 2020. 

Republican Glenn Youngkin narrowly upset former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) in the race for the governor’s mansion. 

Republican Winsome Sears also narrowly won the race for lieutenant governor over Democrat Hala Ayala, making Sears the first woman to hold the office and the first woman of color to hold statewide office in Virginia. Jason Miyares (R) also captured the race for attorney general over incumbent Mark Herring (D).

The Associated Press noted it has not called all the races for the House of Delegates. 

However, Filler-Corn’s concession comes after Democratic Del. Martha Mugler conceded to Aijalon Cardoza on Friday, meaning that Republicans control 51 of the 100 seats in the lower chamber, according to local ABC affiliate WRIC. 

“While the results of the election were not in our favor, our work for the people of Virginia goes on,” Filler-Corn said. “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.”

Democrats narrowly control the state Senate, which is not up for reelection for another two years.

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