Virginia Democrats Request Recounts in Two State House Races; Republican Control Hangs in the Balance

Virginia Democrats Request Recounts in Two State House Races; Republican Control Hangs in the Balance


Two incumbent Democrat lawmakers, Dels. Martha Mugler and Alex Askew, are attempting to wrest control of the Virginia House of Delegates from Republicans by requesting recounts after what appears to have been a clean sweep of all three statewide offices and the state House in the 2021 election.

Mugler and Askew are both freshmen Delegates who represent districts in Virginia’s politically coveted Hampton Roads area — where the military and military-industrial workers make up a significant portion of the population.

If both the Democrats are successful, they will force a split, 50-50 lower chamber, but if only one or both are unsuccessful, Republicans could end up with a 52-48 majority. While the Associated Press has not called either race, the Virginia Public Access

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