Democrats Win Majority in State Legislature
6 November 2019 News
November 6, 2019
From the AP Wire
RICHMOND – Following state and local elections for 2019, Democrats now have control of the General Assembly for the first time since 1994.
Suburban voters turned out in big numbers to back Democratic candidates, continuing a trend of once GOP-friendly suburbs turning blue. This is the third election in a row in which Democrats made significant gains since Trump was elected.
“I look forward to working with our new Democratic majority to make priorities a reality,” Governor Ralph Northam said in a press release. “Together, we will build a stronger, more inclusive and more just Commonwealth.”
Democrats have pledged that when they take power, they will pass an agenda that Republicans have blocked for years, including stricter gun laws, a higher minimum wage and ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, making Virginia the final state needed for possible passage of the gender equality measure.
Tuesday’s election could help cement Democratic rule for the next decade, because the winners will decide who controls the next redistricting process. Lawmakers approved a proposed constitutional amendment this year that would create a new bipartisan commission empowered to draw legislative and congressional maps, but Democrats would have to sign off on it again next year before it could be presented to voters.
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