Virginia

Boyfriend of Journalist Killed on Live TV Wins House Seat

Chris Hurst's campaign was backed by gun-control groups, but that wasn't his main campaign issue

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A former Virginia news anchor whose girlfriend was fatally shot during a live broadcast in 2015 has defeated a Republican incumbent for a seat in the House of Delegates. 

Chris Hurst beat Joseph Yost Tuesday in the high-profile race for the Blacksburg-area seat. 

Hurst was living with fellow journalist Alison Parker when she and a cameraman were killed by a former co-worker while reporting for WDBJ-TV. 

After the shooting, Hurst became the public face of the grieving Roanoke station, bringing national attention and a large social media following. The Pennsylvania native quit his TV job and moved to Blacksburg to run in the 12th District. 

Hurst's campaign was backed by gun-control groups, but that wasn't his main campaign issue. Instead, he focused on education, health care and the environment.

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