Democrats on Tuesday, Nov. 5, won control over both chambers—the state Senate and the House of Delegates—in Virginia, in a major landslide victory for the party.
“VA [Virginia] is ALL BLUE!” tweeted former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. “We did it. We got them both. Hard work pays off,” said McAuliffe.
We did it. We got them both. Hard work pays off. VA is ALL BLUE!🥂🍹🍸🥃🐊🍾👊🍻🔥🥃☀️⭐️☄️🌪🎃💫✌️🙏💥💪💪🍾🐊🍻🔥🥃
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) November 6, 2019
“I’m here to officially declare today, Nov. 5, 2019, that Virginia is officially blue,” said Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam to a crowd of supporters in Richmond.
“Tonight, the ground has shifted in Virginia government,” Northam said in a statement on Tuesday night.
“The voters have spoken, and they have elected landmark Democratic majorities in both the Senate and the House of Delegates. I am proud of my fellow Democrats and inspired by our shared victory,” continued Northam.
Northam, who was not up for re-election had proactively campaigned for Democrats in his state, after the blackface and Ku Klux Klan yearbook photo scandal earlier this year.
This is the first time in 26 years, the Democratic Party gains full control of the Virginia state government.
The historic win gives the Democrats control of both the governor’s office and the Legislature for the first time in more than two decades, according The Associated Press.
The Tuesday night win came as no surprise because Virginia has been deemed as a swing-state, with Republicans holding only a slim majority in both the Virginia House and Senate before the election.
Virginia has been trending blue for years due to growth in more diverse, liberal suburbs, and cities combined with population decline in rural, conservative areas, Fox news stated.
Among Democrats who overturned seats was Shelly Simonds, who had lost her 2017 bid to incumbent Republican David Yancey in a random drawing after a tie, thereby allowing Republicans to maintain a slim majority in the House.
And Juli Briskman, the female cyclist who gave President Donald J. Trump’s motorcade last year the finger, defeated a Republican incumbent for a seat on the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.
Briskman had begun her political career shortly after she was fired from a government-contracting firm for violating the company’s code of conduct policy.
The incident happened after Briskman told her boss at Virginia-based Akima LLC that she was the woman in a viral photo on social media showing her middle finger to President Trump’s motorcade.
While Briskman capitalized on her known opposition toward President Trump, Loudoun County Board members expected that her political career would be focused on local matters.
Now that the Democratic Party has gained full control, Democratic legislators will redraw Virginia’s state legislative and congressional district maps after the 2020 census.
Following Tuesday night’s victory, Democratic policymakers will be able to pursue their agenda that was previously largely prevented by their Republican colleagues. This includes stricter gun control measures, ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, and a higher minimum wage.