Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin answers questions from members of the media while campaigning at Piney Branch Elementary School November 7, 2023 in Bristow, Virginia. Win McNamee/Getty Images
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Virginia Democrats have maintained their control of the state Senate and flipped the state House, consolidating their grip on the state legislature in what will remain divided government.
Their legislative wins provide Democrats with a stronger hand pushing against the policy priorities of Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin.
The entire 140-seat legislature was up for grabs. The elections received significant national attention, with prominent Democrats like President Biden and former President Barack Obama boosting their party with emails and robocalls.
On the Republican side, Youngkin’s political action committee poured significant cash into the campaign.
Although Virginia voters weren’t weighing in directly on abortion rights, the issue permeated the campaigns. The commonwealth currently acts as a southern refuge for abortion access in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade last year.
In one competitive district in Petersburg,