Currently Republicans hold the Virginia House of Delegates by 2 to 1. Republicans have no such hold on the Virginia Senate where they hold 21 seats and the Democrats have 19. Democrats are hopeful that they can take back control of the Senate in November. [read_more] Their first target is the seat being vacated by the retirement of Sen. John Watkins, R-Powhatan. The district has voted democrat over the last few years.
Democrats are also looking at three more Senate seats although these will be much more difficult to flip, Senators Richard H. Black, R-Loudoun, Bryce E. Reeves, R-Spotsylvania, and William M. Stanley Jr., R-Franklin.
Republicans are also eyeing several senate seats, including one in Prince William County being vacated by the longest serving senator, Democrat Chuck Colgan. Republicans hope to pick up the seat held by Lynwood Lewis,D-Accomack. Lewis won in a special election in 2013 by a mere 11 votes. The last democrat Senator in southwest Virginia, Sen. John S. Edwards, D-Roanoke, might also be vulnerable. His district is mixed, with Roanoke county being more conservative while the city is more liberal.
Senate Majority leader, Thomas Norment, R-James City, sees only the Watkins seat as competitive,
“The only seat of ours we view as truly competitive is the 10th District,”
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