Judges uphold GOP win for Virginia state House seat, cementing party control of chamber

A panel of judges overseeing a recount in a contested Virginia state House race upheld Republican Karen Greenhalgh’s win on Friday, ensuring that the GOP will take control of the chamber, The Associated Press reported

The recount in Virginia’s 85th House district, which encompasses a portion of Virginia Beach, was requested by Democratic Del. Alex Askew after the certified results from the Nov. 2 election showed him trailing Greenhalgh by 127 votes. Askew gained 12 votes in the recount, falling short of what he needed to win. 

Republicans came out of the November election leading in 52 state House districts, and Democrats leading in 48. The recount in the 85th district was one of two requested by Democrats. 

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While the second recount is expected to proceed next week, Askew’s loss guarantees that Republicans will take the majority in the state House after losing control to Democrats in 2019. 

The 2021 Virginia state elections last month proved devastating for Democrats, who not only lost control of the state House of Delegates, but the governor’s mansion as well. Republican Glenn YoungkinGlenn YoungkinVirginia's new AG sacks lawyers at University of Virginia, George Mason Virginia's Youngkin gets the DeSantis treatment from media Los Angeles school district to require students to wear 'non-cloth masks with a nose wire' MORE defeated former Gov. Terry McAuliffeTerry McAuliffeJill Biden adds to communications team in lead-up to midterm elections The Memo: Is Trump the GOP's future or in rearview mirror? The Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems barrel towards voting rights vote with no outcome MORE (D) in that race, which was seen as an early bellwether for the 2022 midterm elections.

Democrats still control the Virginia state Senate, where they hold a 21-19 majority.