Virginia Republicans didn’t just win the governorship and other top official races on Tuesdat, they also won a majority in the state House of Delegates, where Democrats had held the majority since 2019.
Prior to the election, Democrats had a 55-45 majority in the state’s lower chamber, but six seats flipped in the red wave that swept through the state.
More than 20 state House races were up for grabs in the state, which had been trending blue until shortly before the election.
Pivotal in the state’s rightward shift was the controversy surrounding the Loudoun County school board, which had parents arrested for trying to speak at school board meetings and covered up a sexual assault at the school.
Another important factor was President Joe Biden’s falling approval ratings due to rising inflation and a number of other unpopular policies.
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