Judge Upholds GOP Victory in Virginia

A panel of judges overseeing a recount in a closely contested Virginia state House race upheld Republican Karen Greenhalgh’s win on Friday, ensuring that the GOP will take control of the chamber, The Associated Press reported.

The recount in Virginia’s 85th House district, which encompasses a portion of Virginia Beach, was requested by Democratic Del. Alex Askew after the certified results from the Nov. 2 election showed him trailing Greenhalgh by 127 votes. Askew gained 12 votes in the recount, falling short of what he needed to win.

Republicans came out of the November election leading in 52 state House districts and Democrats leading in 48. The recount in the 85th district was one of two requested by Democrats.

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