Updated Nov 6, 2019

Democrats take control of both houses of Virginia legislature

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Democrats on Tuesday took control of the state House and Senate in Virginia's General Assembly in the state's off-year elections, the AP projects.

Why it matters: The results in Virginia may foreshadow dynamics for 2020, including Democratic turnout, mobilization by gun control activists and concerns about Trump among suburban voters, Axios' Margaret Talev says.

The state of play: All 140 seats in the General Assembly were up for grabs this year.

  • Republicans previously held a 20-19 majority in the Senate, and a 51-48 majority in the House.

The big picture: The shift could have significant ramifications on gun control, the passage of an Equal Rights Amendment and an increase in the minimum wage — all bills Republicans in the legislature had blocked in recent years. Democrats will now draw the state's congressional districts after the 2020 census.

  • Voters listed gun control as a top priority in a recent Washington Post-Schar School poll.
  • Republicans have not won a statewide election in Virginia since 2009. Donald Trump lost the state by 5 points in 2016.

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Democrats flipped Virginia's state Senate and House of Delegates on Tuesday, while Kentucky Democrat Andy Beshear held a razor-thin lead over his Trump-backed opponent and the Republicans held on to win the Mississippi governor's mansion.

The big picture: Democrats' win in Virginia adds control of the House of Delegates and the state Senate to the governor's mansion. President Trump used the House impeachment inquiry against him as a political rallying cry in Mississippi and Kentucky gubernatorial races — but its success in campaigns has yet to be seen.

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Gun safety was a winning issue for Democrats in Virginia swing districts

People voting in the 2019 Virginia election. Photo: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Guns played an influential role in flipping Virginia's General Assembly blue this week, according to new polling of 600 Virginia swing district voters by Schoen Consulting for the gun safety group Everytown.

Between the lines: The stances of candidates on guns was "important" to 83% of Virginia swing district voters. A plurality (28%) said it was the most important issue to them in deciding who they voted for— a more common response than health care (24%) or the economy (24%). Of those who said gun issues were their top concern, 66% voted for Democrats.

Methodology: The poll was conducted by Schoen Consulting from Nov. 5-6 in 22 Virginia state legislative districts. The poll had a margin of error of ± 4%.

GOP's Tate Reeves wins Mississippi gubernatorial election

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Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves overcame a tough challenge from Democratic Attorney General Jim Hood to be elected Mississippi’s governor late Tuesday, AP reports.

The big picture: Both Hood and Reeves seemed within striking distance of the seat leading up to Tuesday's vote in the traditionally red state.

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