Mark Peake, a Republican from Lynchberg, has won his race to take Tom Garrett’s seat in the state Senate. With 85% of the vote in Peake leads 54% to 37%. This keeps Republicans the majority party in the senate. More on Peake’s victory here.
Virginia Beach has also elected a Republican, Rocky Holcomb, who will fill the 85th House of Delegates district previously held by now Congressman Scott Taylor. More on his victory here.
Virginia’s Republican party Chairman John Whitbeck issued the following statement:
“Let me be among the first to congratulation Sen.-elect Mark Peake on his win tonight. Despite a massive effort by Governor McAuliffe and other Democrats that included out of state funding and hand-picked challengers, our team came out on top. ”
“SD 22 and HD 85 are our first two wins of 2017, but they are by no means the last. Virginia Republicans are well positioned to keep this momentum going through the year. When voters go to the polls this November, Senator Peake and Delegate Holcomb will have a new Republican Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and larger House GOP majority to work with.”