John Bell

State Senate candidate John Bell, a Democrat, currently represents the 87th District in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Democrat John Bell has defeated Republican Geary Higgins for the 13th District state Senate seat, considered a key if Democrats are to take control of the chamber.

With 76 percent of the votes counted, Bell had a 54 percent to 46 percent lead. Bell is a current member of the House of Delegates, while Higgins is a Loudoun County supervisor from the Catoctin District.

The 13th District seat currently is held by conservative Republican Dick Black, who is retiring. The district includes portions of Loudoun and Prince William counties.

Republicans currently control both houses of the legislature by thin margins: 51-48 in the House of Delegates and 21-18 in the State Senate. Each chamber has one open seat.

Over $4 million poured into the 13th District race, with Bell reporting nearly $2.6 million in fund-raising through Oct. 24, and Higgins reporting more than $1.4 million.

(3) comments

Rebel

Wow the anti second amendment candidate will do his best to disarm Virginia. Sad day l!

todd6263

He used the magic formula: Trump, guns and the so-called "war on women." Not much else seems to matter.

Dave482

The second amendment does not mean anyone can own any weapon. If it did, we'd all have RPGs. Banning assault weapons is not "disarming" - there would still be many, many weapons you could own that aren't high-power, high-capacity, semi-auto rifles. If you have a pistol, a shotgun, and a deer rifle (bolt action), are you *really* "disarmed"? Of course you aren't.

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