Virginia election to decide state Senate control

By: Matthew Bakarat
By: Matthew Bakarat

McLEAN, Va. (AP) -- After months of squeaker elections and recounts, the race for control of Virginia's state Senate is coming down to a three-way special election in a northern Virginia swing district.

Democrat Jennifer Wexton, Republican John Whitbeck and independent Joe May -- a longtime GOP state legislator who has found himself at odds with his party after a primary defeat last year -- are vying for the seat that straddles Fairfax and Loudoun counties.

It had been held by Democrat Mark Herring, who was elected Attorney General after his narrow win was verified by a recount.

If Wexton wins, Democrats will keep a 20-20 split in the Senate chamber. But control will flip from the GOP because the Democratic lieutenant governor, Ralph Northam, can cast the tie-breaking vote.


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