Senior Virginia Republicans have made it clear they will not share power in the new Virginia Senate.
Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling said Wednesday he intends to
cast the deciding vote in a Senate split evenly between Democrats
That means Republicans would have an advantage on Senate committees, where the most conservative legislation has died for decades.
It appeared the Senate would be split after Tuesday's elections,
with the Republican leading in the deciding race that was too close
The last time an election resulted in a 20-20 split was 1996.
Democrats intended to take control by having then-Lt. Gov. Donald
Beyer cast the deciding vote in their favor. The parties were forced to share power when conservative Democrat Virgil Goode threatened to side with Republicans.
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