Election 2019: Democrats gain control of House, Senate

Updated: Nov. 6, 2019 at 10:42 AM EST
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT/AP) - The results of the 2019 Election are in and Democrats have gained control of the House and Senate for the first time in more than 20 years.

Here’s a look at events on Election Day, as well as Wednesday morning:

Sen. Siobhan Dunnavant, the incumbent Republican in the 12th District, held onto her seat.

“Congratulations to Senator Dunnavant on her re-election," Democratic challenge Debra Rodman said. “It’s not the outcome that we hoped for, but I want to thank everyone who helped this campaign, including my family, volunteers, my campaign team, and everyone who invested in our vision.”

Gov. Ralph Northam held a Cabinet meeting to discuss Tuesday’s election results, as well as focusing on what’s ahead.

Northam says in the next General Assembly session, he wants lawmakers to focus on gun violence, decriminalization of marijuana, a re-entry program for inmates, and making healthcare cheaper.

Here’s a look at the winners in the Chesterfield County School Board races:

- Bermuda District: Ann Coker

- Clover Hill: Dorothy Heffon

- Dale: Debbie Bailey

- Matoaca: Ryan Harter

- Midlothian: Kathryn Haines

In Senate District 12, Republican Siobhan Dunnavant held a 51-49 percent lead over Democrat Debra Rodman, but the race has not yet been called.

Democrat Del. Schuyler VanValkenburg has won re-election for House District 72, defeating Republican GayDonna Vandergriff.

Henrico’s 72nd District shifted from Republican to Democrat in the 2017 election.

Karl Leonard has won re-election for the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s race, defeating Independent Rahn Kersey.

Virginia Democrats are taking full control of the statehouse for the first time in more than two decades.

Democrats won majorities in both the state House and Senate in Tuesday’s legislative election. This is the third election in a row that Virginia Democrats have made significant gains since President Donald Trump was elected.

The win will give Democrats control of the legislature and governorship for the first time in 26 years. Democrats have pledged to pass new gun restrictions and raise the minimum wage once in power.

Virginia is the only state with legislative elections this year where partisan control was up for grabs. Much of the contest centered on how voters feel about Trump and his possible impeachment.

Former Delegate Joe Morrissey beat independent Waylin Ross, for Senate District 16.

Earlier this year, Morrissey beat out Incumbent Rosalyn Dance in the Democratic Primary for Senate that covers parts of Richmond, Chesterfield and Petersburg.

Dr. Ghazala Hashmi defeats Republican incumbent Glen Sturtevant for Senate District 10 seat.

A community college administrator and first-time candidate has unseated a Republican incumbent in a competitive Richmond-area state Senate race.

Ghazala Hashmi defeated Sen. Glen Sturtevant Tuesday in a key win for Democrats hoping to flip control of the Senate.

Hashmi campaigned heavily on education, gun violence prevention, and health care, criticizing Sturtevant for his vote against Medicaid expansion.

Hashmi immigrated to the U.S. from India as a child. The state party says she will be the first Muslim-American woman to serve in the Senate.

Sturtevant, an attorney, took office in 2016. He promised to be an independent voice in the Senate and made opposition to a Richmond city schools rezoning plan a key part of his campaign.

Virginia Democrats have taken control of the state Senate for the first time in five years.

Democrats flipped the Senate on Tuesday. Control of the state House is still unknown as officials continue to count votes in key races.

Of four states having legislative elections this year, Virginia is the only one where control of the statehouse is up for grabs.

Prior to the election, Republicans had a slim majority in both the state House and Senate.

Democrats are hoping to take total control of the statehouse and Executive Mansion for the first time in more than two decades.

Voter animosity toward President Donald Trump has powered Democratic gains in Virginia in recent elections.

Alisa Gregory has been won the Henrico County Sheriff’s race to replace Sheriff Mike Wade. Gregory beat out Bob Matson and Tom Wadkins.

Kirk Cox declares victory in re-election bid, defeating Sheila Bynum-Coleman and L. K. Harris for House District 66.

The Associated Press has called Amanda Chase as the winner of Senate District 11, defeating Democrat Amanda Pohl.

The Virginia Department of Elections’ website has returned as of 8:20 p.m.

Election Results Page
Election Results Page(Virginia Department of Elections (Screenshot))

The Chesterfield Registrar says issues with uploading results are being worked on by their technical team.

Watch parties are underway, including the Democratic watch party at the Hilton in downtown Richmond.

Speaker Kirk Cox’s watch party at the Keystone Tractor Museum.

Kirk Cox watch party.
Kirk Cox watch party.(NBC12)
Kirk Cox watch party.
Kirk Cox watch party.(NBC12)

The Virginia Department of Elections is aware that is an issue with their website and is working to get it fixed.

Officials in Chesterfield also said they are having issues.

“The Chesterfield County Registrar’s Office is working through resolving technical issues with the uploading of the Election Day results. This issue is currently being worked on with information systems technical teams. Election results will be uploaded as quickly as possible,” a release said.

Polls have officially closed in Virginia. View unofficial election results HERE.

Voter turnout in Chesterfield County already surpassed 2015′s turnout around 2 p.m. on Tuesday. Turnout was at 35.28 percent so far, compared to 32 percent in 2015.

As of 4 p.m., more than 89,000 people had already cast their ballot in Chesterfield.

Five of the seven candidates for Richmond City Council’s 5th District seat released a statement saying they were “appalled” by their fellow candidate, Thad Williamson.

The candidates claim Williamson distributed a sample ballot that was identical to the Richmond City Democratic Committee in an effort to mislead voters into thinking he was endorsed by the Democratic Party.

City council candidates are upset by a sample ballot that they call "misleading."
City council candidates are upset by a sample ballot that they call "misleading."(Stephanie Lynch's campaign)

“This is beyond unethical, and these types of misleading tactics have their roots in voter deception that has disproportionately affected African American voters,” the release said.

The joint release is signed by Stephanie Lynch, Nicholas Da Silva, Robin Mines, Henry “Chuck” Richardson and Jer’Mykeal Mccoy.

1 p.m.

Since polls have opened, several viewers have called and emailed the NBC12 newsroom asking why political affiliations are not next to all candidates on their ballot. This is a common question around a presidential election.

However, under Virginia code, only candidates who have been nominated by a specific party are identified on the ballot as a Democrat, Republican or another affiliation.

Here’s the code:

Virginia Code: 24.2 – 613 Section B

“For elections for federal, statewide, and General Assembly offices only, each candidate who has been nominated by a political party or in a primary election shall be identified by the name of his political party.”

Chesterfield election officials say that 37,886 voters have turned out so far.

A Richmond precinct now has enough ballots after running out in less than two hours on Tuesday morning.

There was an issue with the 68th District ballots at First Presbyterian Church, which had received too many of the 70th District ballots.

The polling place ran out of ballots at 7:40 a.m. and about 40 people left without voting.

They received more ballots about 8:20 a.m.

Anyone who didn’t vote, can come back to cast their ballot.

Gov. Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam cast their ballots.

Polls opened around Virginia and will stay open until 7 p.m. If you are standing in line at that time, you can still cast your ballot.

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