The Commonwealth of Virginia is looking mightly blue these days. In particular, it turned the bluest of blues on Tuesday when voters handed control of the state legislature over to Democrats.
Taking into consideration that the governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, is already a Democrat (though in the past year he has been a contentious figure), this is the first time in more than two decades that Democrats have been in control of the state House, Senate and governor’s office, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
With the most progressive legislature in modern times neatly lined up, Northam should now have few problems pushing through the party’s agenda and signing bills into law.
“Tonight, the ground has shifted in Virginia government,” Northam said in a statement according to the Times-Dispatch. “The voters have spoken, and they have elected landmark Democratic majorities in both the Senate and the House of Delegates. I am proud of my fellow Democrats and inspired by our shared victory. Since I took office two years ago, we have made historic progress as a commonwealth. Tonight, Virginians made it clear they want us to continue building on that progress.”