In a night when Republicans lost control of their slim majority in Virginia’s House of Delegates, Republicans representing Shenandoah and Warren counties will return to Richmond next year as members of the minority party.
Todd Gilbert, R-Mount Jackson, will lose his position as the majority leader in the House but kept his seat safe after he faced competition for the first time in 10 years, according to the Virginia Public Access Project and Associated Press.
Beverly Harrison, a Democrat from Woodstock, made a run at the incumbent with a grassroots campaign that hooked arms with other Democrats running in rural parts of the state. A network of small-dollar donors buoyed Harrison on the campaign trail but in the end Gilbert kept his seat, rolling through Page, Warren and Shenandoah counties.
Michael Webert, R-Marshall, fended off Laura Galante, D-Marshall, to hold on o his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates according to Virginia Public Access Project.
Despite large investments in her campaign from the Democratic Party of Virginia and out-raising Webert almost 2:1, Galante couldn’t overcome the deep-red leanings of House District 18, failing to close the gap by even 10% in any of the counties they represent, according to unofficial results from the Virginia Department of Elections.
Galante won two precincts in Rappahannock County – Sperryville and Flint Hill – and picked up 71% of the absentee ballot votes in Rappahannock County and 53% of absentee ballots in Fauquier County.
Webert collected 16,640 votes (60.31%) compared to Galante’s 10,720 (38.86%) with 229 write-in candidates making up the remaining 0.83% of votes.
In the House District 29 race, Chris Collins, R-Winchester, defeated Irina Khanin, D-Winchester, barely losing Winchester City but winning over voters in Frederick and Warren counties.