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Election Update

As an update to yesterday’s email, Republicans now have a slim majority in the House of Delegates. Races still have not been certified, however after final canvas, it looks likes Republican Delegate Tim Hugo (House district 40) is now ahead by about 100 votes. The Hugo race creates a slim majority for Republicans at 51 to 49.

Once these results have been certified (by the beginning of next week), the recount process can begin if requested. After certification, a formal request for a recount must be submitted to the Circuit Court within 10 days. Then the Chief Circuit Court Judge will hold a preliminary hearing within seven days of the formal request. This is where it is determined how the recount is done. The court then appoints recount officials to perform the recount. Once recount takes place, the Circuit Court will then certify the winner. Needless to say, this process could take several weeks. Therefore, it will be a waiting game to determine who will be the majority party.


With that being said, the chance that the House will share power with a 50/50 split is strong. The last time this happened was 1999 and they were able to agree upon the Speaker of the House and shared the chairmanship of the committee. Because there is no tie-breaking mechanism in the House of Delegates, there is great uncertainty regarding who will serve in leadership if there is a 50/50 split. This includes, but is not limited to, Speaker, Majority Leader, Committee Chairs, and House Staff.


The following key members of leadership in the House of Delegates lost or are in jeopardy of a recount:


• House Majority Caucus Chairman and Vice Chair of the Transportation Committee-Tim Hugo
• House Majority Caucus Whip-Jackson Miller
• Chair of the Transportation Committee-Ron Villanueva
• Chair of Science and Technology Committee-Rich Anderson
• Chair of Militia, Police, and Public Safety-Scott Lingamfelter
• Vice Chair of Health, Welfare, and Institutions and Budget Conferee-John O’Bannon
• Chair of the Appropriations General Government and Capital Outlay Subcommittee and Budget Conferee-Tag Greason

 

The following profile contains important statistical information regarding the statewide candidates and highlights House races that were tight races, open seats, and districts that switched parties.

 

Below is a list which includes House races with were open seats, tight races, and districts where incumbents lost.

 

NORTHERN VIRGINIA

House District 2: This was an open seat formerly held by Mark Dudenhefer (R). The race was between Jennifer Carroll Foy (D) and the Republican Mike Makee (R). This district is comprised of part of the County of Stafford and part of the County of Prince William. Carroll Foy won the election flipping the seat for a pick-up by the Democrats.

House District 10: Incumbent Randy Minchew (R), who has been in office since 2012, was being challenged by Wendy Gooditis (D). The 10th House District is comprised of part of the counties of Clarke, Frederick, Loudoun. Gooditis defeated Minchew, resulting in a pick-up for the Democrats.

House District 13: Incumbent Bob Marshall (R), who has served in office since 1992, was challenged by Danica Roem(D). House District 13 consists of part of the County of Prince William and the City of Manassas Park. Currently, Delegate Marshall sits on the House Finance Committee, the Counties, Cities, and Towns Committee, and the Science and Technology Committee. Roem defeated Delegate Marshall, resulting in a pick-up for the Democrats.

House District 28: This was an open seat formerly held by Speaker of the House, Bill Howell (R). Speaker Howell did not seek re-election after serving in the House since 1988 and serving as Speaker since 2003. This race was between Bob Thomas (R) and Joshua Cole (D). The District is comprised of part of the County of Stafford and part of the City of Fredericksburg. Thomas won this race, maintaining Republican control of this seat.

House District 31: Incumbent Scott Lingamfelter (R) was challenged by Elizabeth Guzman (D) and Nathan Larson (I). Delegate Lingamfelter sits has been in office since 2002 and currently chairs Militia, Police, and Public Safety Committee and sits on the House Appropriations and House Transportation Committee. The 31st is comprised of part of the counties of Fauquier and Prince William. Lingamfelter lost his bid for reelection to Guzman. This is a pick-up for the Democrats.

House District 32: Incumbent Tag Greason (R) was being challenged by David Reid (D). Delegate Greason has been in office since 2010 and sits on House Appropriations Committee, the General Law Committee, and the Education Committee. This district is comprised of part of Loudoun County. Reid defeated Greason resulting in a pick-up for the Democrats.

House District 40: Incumbent Tim Hugo (R) was being challenged by Donte Tanner (D). Delegate Hugo has been in office since 2003 and is currently the Majority Caucus Chairman, Vice Chairman of Transportation, while also sitting on the House Finance Committee, Commerce, and Labor, and the Privileges and Elections Committee. This district is comprised of part of the counties of Fairfax and Prince William. After canvassing, it was discovered that Hugo won his bid for reelection. However, this will probably result in a recount.

House District 42: The 42nd was an open seat between Lolita ManchenoSmoak (R) and the Kathy Tran (D). The seat was formerly held by Dave Albo (R) who did not seek re-election after serving this House since 1994. 1994. This district is comprised of part of the County of Fairfax. Tran won the election resulting in a pick-up by the Democrats.

House District 50: Incumbent Jackson Miller (R) was being challenged Lee Carte (D). Delegate Miller has been in office since 2006 and is currently the Majority Whip and Vice Chair of Privileges and Elections. This district is comprised of part of the County of Prince William and part of the City of Manassas. Miller lost his bid for reelection to Carter, resulting in a pick-up for the Democrats.

House District 51: Incumbent Rich Anderson (R) was being challenged by Hala Ayala (D). Delegate Anderson has been in office since 2010 and chairs Science and Technology Committee, while also sitting on the House Appropriations Committee, General Laws Committee, and the Transportation Committee. This district is comprised of part of the County of Prince William. Anderson lost his bid for reelection to Ayala, resulting in a pick-up for the Democrats.

House District 67: Incumbent Jim LeMunyon (R) was being challenged by Karrie Delaney (D). Delegate LeMunyon has been in office since 2010 and currently sits on House Transportation Committee, the General Laws Committee, and the Education Committee. This district is comprised of part of Fairfax County and Loudoun County. Delegate LeMunyon was defeated by Delaney, resulting in a pick-up for the Democrats.

GREATER RICHMOND

House District 56: This was an open formerly held by Peter Farrell who served in the house since 2012. This race was between John McGuire (R) and Melissa Dart (D). This district is comprised of part of the County of Stafford and part of the counties of Goochland, Louisa, Spotsylvania, and Henrico. McGuire won the election maintaining Republican control of this seat.

House District 68: Incumbent Manoli Loupassi (R) was being challenged by, Dawn Adams (D). Delegate Loupassi has been in office since 2008 and currently sits on House Courts of Justice and Commerce and Labor Committees. This district is comprised of part of the Counties of Henrico and Chesterfield and part of the City of Richmond. Loupassi was defeated by Adams, resulting in a pick-up for the Democrats.

House District 72: This was an open seat formerly held by Jimmie Massie (R) since 2008. The race was between Eddie Whitlock (R) and Schuyler VanValkenburg (D). This district encompasses part of the County of Henrico. VanValkenburg defeated Whitlock, resulting in a pick-up by Democrats.

House District 73: Incumbent, John O’Bannon (R) was being challenged by Debra Rodman (D) and Christopher Cowger (I). Delegate O’Bannon has been in office since 2001 and is the Vice-Chair of the Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee, while also sitting on the House Appropriations Committee and the Privileges and Elections Committee. This district is comprised of part of the County of Henrico. O’Bannon was defeated by Rodman, resulting in a pick-up for the Democrats.

 

HAMPTON ROADS

House District 21: Incumbent Ron Villanueva (R) was challenged by Kelly Convirs-Fowler (D). Delegate Villanueva has been in office since 2010, is the Deputy Whip and currently the Chairman of House Transportation. In addition, he sits on both Commerce and Labor and Science and Technology Committees. The 21st district is comprised of part of the City of Chesapeake and part of the City of Virginia Beach. Villanueva was defeated by Convirs-Fowler, resulting in a pick-up for the Democrats.

House District 64: This was an open seat formerly held by Delegate Rick Morris who served in the House since 2012. The race was between Emily Brewer (R) and Rebecca Colaw (D). This district encompasses parts of Isle of Wight County, Prince George County, Southampton County, Surry County, Sussex County, and the cities of Franklin and Suffolk. Brewer won the election maintaining Republican control of this seat.

House District 85: Incumbent Rocky Holcomb (R) was being challenged by Cheryl Turpin (D). Delegate Holcomb took office in 2017 after winning a special election. Holcomb currently sits on House Finance Committee and the Counties, Cities, and Towns Committee. This district encompasses the City of Virginia Beach. Holcomb was defeated by Turpin, resulting in a pick-up for the Democrats.

House District 89: This was an open seat formerly held by Delegate Daun Hester (D). Hester was in office since 2012. The race was between Jay Jones (D) and Terry Hurst (L). The 89th is comprised of part of the City of Norfolk. Jones won the election maintaining Democratic control of this seat.

 

SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA

House District 12: Incumbent Joseph Yost (R) was being challenged by Chris Hurst (D). Delegate Yost has been in office since 2012 and sits on Health, Welfare, and Institutions Committee, the General Laws Committee, and the Education Committee. This district encompasses Giles County, parts of Montgomery and Pulaski County and the City of Radford. Yost was defeated by Hurst, resulting in apick-up for the Democrats.