Two special elections today to fill open seats in the Virginia State Senate both went to the incumbent party. Republican Mark Peake won in the 22nd District and Democrat Jennifer McClellan won in the 9th.
No real surprise here. Democrats were hoping for a spoiler independent candidate in the 22nd who could take votes from the right, but he did terrible. There was an issue with ballots in Lynchburg, but everything seems ok. Peake was supposed to win, and he did. The 9th is so hopeless for Republicans that we didn’t run a Republican nominated candidate, so no surprise there either.
Tomorrow begins a new session in Richmond for the General Assembly. The scoreboard in the State Senate will remain as it did last year with a 21-19 majority for the Republicans.