Democrats celebrate

U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., celebrates with fellow Democrat Andrea Bailey, who won election to the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, during an election night party on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. 

From Arlington to Prince William and Loudoun, Democratic candidates swept to big victories across Northern Virginia on Tuesday, and the party appears to have won control of the Virginia General Assembly.

Democrat Ann Wheeler won the race for open seat of chair of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, as Democrats also appear to have taken a 5-3 edge on the Prince William board.  Democrats also took control of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, reversing a 6-3 Republican edge.  Arlington Democrats swept their races, as expected, and in Fairfax County Democrats picked up at least one seat on the board of supervisors. 

In addition, Democrat John Bell handily defeated Republican Geary Higgins to pick up the 13th District state Senate seat formerly held by Republican Dick Black. The 13th District includes a large portion of Loudoun, as well as part of Prince William.

Bell's win, and apparent Democratic pick-ups in the Richmond suburbs, will likely give Democrats control of the 40-member Senate in January.  Republicans currently have a 21-18 edge, with one seat open. All results are unofficial until certified by the State Board of Elections.

In the 100-member House of Delegates, Democrats appear to have held on to all the Northern Virginia seats they won in 2017, including the Manassas-area 50th District, where Lee Carter held off a spirited challenge from Republican Ian Lovejoy. Tracking by the Virginia Public Access Project showed Democrats picking up five seats statewide, which would give them control of the chamber.  Republicans currently have a 51-48 majority, with one seat open.

Democratic pick-ups included the Stafford-area 28th District seat, won by Joshua Cole, who lost to Republican Bob Thomas by less than 100 votes two years ago. Thomas was knocked out in the GOP primary this spring by Paul Milde, but Cole beat Milde, 52%-48% with all precincts reporting.

In the 40th District, Republican incumbent Tim Hugo appeared to have been ousted by Democratic challenger Dan Helmer. Helmer led by almost 2,000 votes with just two precincts still to report.  That district includes portions of southwestern Fairfax County and western Prince William.  Helmer and Hugo combined to spend about $3.6 million on the race, making it the most expensive House of Delegates race in Virginia history.

Democrats have not controlled both houses of the General Assembly and the Governor's Mansion since 1991.

Gov. Ralph Northam said in a statement, “Tonight, the ground has shifted in Virginia government. ... Since I took office two years ago, we have made historic progress as a commonwealth. Tonight, Virginians made it clear they want us to continue building on that progress."

(23) comments

Rebel

Guess being a racist governor didn’t hurt the democrats at all. Good to be a Democrat!

woodbridgeresident

You're ok with a racist POTUS then?

toomanypeople

Lt. Gov. Fairfax will be the next elected governor. That's how lost the Democrats are. It's hard to believe.

PJC

Our governor is NOT racist.

Me2

Why not, it works for the President.

Pershing 1a

I guess it's time to move out of Virginia. Who the hell wants to see it become a cesspool like NYC, LA or Chicago? These liberals are like roaches. They spread disease.

InsideCommenter

Great we'll have a going out party for you.

Cultured2014

a bit episodic, but probably right. going to be harder to make money and keep it here with everything being taxed to the gills by socialists

woodbridgeresident

Facts speak otherwise. 5 states with the highest death rates: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Oklahoma and West Virginia. 5 lowest: California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Minnesota and New York. Looks to me like the blue states fare much better. I'll buy your plane ticket to Alabama if you promise to move.

Rebel

Woodbridgeresident - Buy me a ticket to Alabama? What are you insinuating???

Cultured2014

wow, that sound a bit racist..why alabama of all the ones you listed?

Allen Muchnick

Please do leave Virginia. Hate and ignorance is the disease, and you appear to be suffering from it.

Cultured2014

hate and ignorance? it's a proven fact that blue states tax more. makes you wonder why people are leaving CA and NY and going to Texas and Florida. seems the ignorance is on your side

EdP

Where's CCW to tell us how popular Trump is becoming? This is a direct reflection on the corruption and incompetence at the highest level of government.

swandive

Please dont get him riled up, unless you want an entire essay about how great Trump is and how these election results were tainted due to Illegals bringing drugs into Virginia[rolleyes]

CCW

Not to worry swandive. I'm just sitting here watching all of the heros march by..

InsideCommenter

Next up from CCW, a five paragraph essay that literally personifies the meaning of cognitive dissonance.

Citizen52

People on this forum should relax. The voters have spoken and decided. That’s the only poll that matters. Redistributing in at least two of the districts worked well for the Democratic candidates in those districts. Congratulations to the successful candidates and, hopefully, they’ll do their best by us.

Citizen52

Redistricting, not redistributing; autocorrect stiles, again.

toomanypeople

OK, I'm waiting....when do I get my FREE STUFF? No matter, President Trump will WIN by a landslide in 2020. Northern Virginia is a Democrat cesspool anyway.

Rebel

Democratic cities are gun free zones, yet there are gun deaths almost daily. California is pretty much a sanctuary state. Ask the families who’ve lost loved ones at the hands of illegals how they feel about illegals? The cost to the American tax payer for illegals is staggering.

There is no such thing as “free stuff”. Virginians will sooner than later see the cost of voting for the socialist liberals.

Northam and herring are racist - by their conduct.

Fairfax had accusers come forward yet the dems just shrugged their shoulders. If the aforementioned three had been republicans, there would have been riots looting and Richmond would have been in flames.

So dems good luck with higher taxes and supporting illegals!!!!

OBLUE

sexist and racist i just dont get it the get these people to vote and they do nothing after that

MJMoonwalker

Now all we need is Jefferson Davis as Governor and we will have come full circle.....eh Northam is close enough. Except now they don't care about skin color they just want to control everyone.

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