Democrats win control of Virginia legislature for first time in decades

Democrats won both chambers of Virginia legislature on Tuesday night, the first time it has been out of Republican control since 1994.

As of Wednesday morning, Democrats won 21 of the Virginia’s 40 Senate seats and at least 53 of the 100 seats in the House of Delegates. The party was also leading in two more races.

With a Democrat-led legislature now in place, it will be easier for the state to pass the agenda of Democratic governor Ralph Northam. His agenda includes loosening abortion restrictions, expanding Medicaid, increasing gun control, and raising the minimum wage.

“The era of Republican obstruction in the Commonwealth of Virginia is now over,’’ former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe said. “While tonight we celebrate the history we have made, tomorrow we must begin rewarding voters with action.”