The Latest: Democrat unseats northern Va. House GOP holdout
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Virginia’s elections (all times local):
One of the only remaining Republicans representing northern Virginia in the General Assembly has lost his bid for re-election.
Democrat Dan Helmer defeated Republican Tim Hugo in Tuesday’s race for a seat representing parts of Fairfax and Loudoun counties.
Hugo has served since 2003 in the House, where he is caucus chairman. His margin of victory two years ago was so thin the race went to a recount.
Helmer is an Army combat veteran and Rhodes scholar who lost the Democratic primary last year to challenge former U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock. He’s made gun control a key part of his platform.
A Democratic delegate has overcome a challenge from the Republican lawmaker she unseated two years ago.
Del. Wendy Gooditis beat Randy Minchew in Tuesday’s election to hold on to her seat representing parts of Loudoun, Frederick and Clarke counties.
Minchew challenged Gooditis after she defeated him in 2017. Gooditis, a real estate agent, was part of a wave of Democrats, mostly women, who swept into office amid voter displeasure with President Donald Trump.
Minchew, an attorney, previously represented the district for three terms.