GOP Retains Solid Va. House Majority

Republicans turned back several challenges by Democrats as the GOP retained a solid majority in the Virginia House of Delegates.

Democrat Jeremy McPike narrowly defeated Republican incumbent Scott Lingamfelter in unofficial returns Tuesday, but several other Republicans survived and the GOP kept 10 seats vacated by Republicans.

No Democratic incumbents had lost, and results were still pending for a few of the 55 contested seats in the 100-member House.

Before a series of retirements, Republicans held a 67-32 edge over Democrats, with one independent aligned with the GOP caucus. Independent Lacey Putney retired, and his seat was won by a Republican.

Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the governor's race, and Democratic state Sen. Ralph Northam defeated Republican E.W. Jackson for lieutenant governor.

The attorney general's race remained too close to call.

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