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By John Mahoney

While votes are still being tallied, Virginia Democrats have picked up at least five seats in the House of Delegates and two seats in the Senate to take control of state government (Governor Ralph Northam is a Democrat) for the first time in over two decades.  

In Kentucky, Democrat Attorney General Andy Beshear appears to have narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Governor Matt Bevin to become the state’s 34th Democratic governor. Fewer than 5,000 votes separate the two candidates and Bevin has refused to concede, so recanvassing and recounting is not out of the question.

 Elsewhere, results from legislative elections in New Jersey and Mississippi suggest partisan makeup in both states will look relatively the same come January.

Democrats still maintain strong control of the legislature in the Garden State while Republicans enjoy the same advantage in Mississippi. Mississippi’s governor's  race was not called Tuesday night but results showed a commanding lead for Republican Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves.

Check NCSL’s 2019 StateVote page for a complete analysis of Tuesday's state legislative election results.

John Mahoney is a policy specialist in NCSL’s Center for Legislative Strengthening.

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