Democrats Take Control Of Virginia House And Senate

Democrats had a big day as they recently took over Virginia’s elections on Nov. 7, 2023, with Democrats taking control of the House of Delegates and retaining their power in the state Senate.

Such election results will likely hamper Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s ability to spread his conservative agenda.

The editor of the Cook Political Report, Dave Wasserman, called the elections shortly after 11 p.m. on Nov. 7, 2023, after it became obvious that Democrats would win 51 seats in the House of Delegates, with three races still heavily contested, including that of adult film actress Susanna Gibson.

Gibson is currently under investigation by police for allegedly forging her campaign paperwork. To date, the adult film actress, who used funds from her lewd profession for her campaign, lost her bid for the state House against Republican challenger, Dave Owens, by less than 1,000 votes, per Breitbart News.

The Daily Wire reported that conservatives across Virginia are in trouble, given the fact that voters in the Commonwealth nearly chose an adult film actress over a Republican.

Although Virginia has largely been a Democratic state, conservatives gained momentum with Youngkin’s gubernatorial victory in 2021. At the time, many wondered whether

Virginia was undergoing a radical shift in politics, but given the recent election results in the state, it seems such a shift is gone in the wind.

Now, Virginia has a Republican governor but a Democrat-controlled House and Senate, setting up the possibility of deadlock between both political parties.

In Virginia, governors are elected to a single term. Youngkin will soon face a tough reelection bid in 2025. It won’t be as easy for the Virginia governor to be reelected as it was for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), among others.

Some argued that even if the Virginia elections had gone in Republicans’ favor, Youngkin would still have had a difficult time in 2024.

“Even if these elections went well for him, 2024 was going to be a bit of a stretch,” J. Miles Coleman of the University of Virginia Center for Politics told the Washington Examiner. “Some of the filing deadlines have passed, such as New Hampshire, South Carolina, Nevada. It was always going to be a bit of a long shot. This probably makes that even more out of the question.”

The statewide win for Virginia Democrats comes after they heavily campaigned on protecting so-called “abortion rights” for women across the state.