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The Virginia General Assembly. Photo: Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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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Patrick Gaspard speaks onstage at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. Photo: Ernesto Distefano/Getty Images

Patrick Gaspard, who served as ambassador to South Africa under President Barack Obama, is stepping down as president of George Soros' Open Society Foundations, fueling speculation that he'll join the Biden administration, potentially as Labor secretary.

What to know: Before his stint as ambassador, Gaspard was Obama's political director in the White House, drawing upon his experience in the labor movement to advance Obama's legislative agenda on health care and financial services reform.

House passes bill to decriminalize marijuana

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), a longtime marijuana legalization advocate and co-sponsor of the bill. Photo: Pete Marovich For The Washington Post via Getty Images

The House on Friday voted 228-164 in favor of the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement (MORE) Act, marking the first time a congressional chamber has voted in favor of decriminalizing marijuana at the federal level.

Why it matters: The Washington Post describes the bill as a "landmark retreat in the nation’s decades-long war on drugs," which has disproportionately affected people of color.

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  2. Health: Coronavirus death rates rising across the country — Study: Increased COVID-19 testing can reduce transmission — Hospitalizations top 100,000 for the first time.
  3. Economy: U.S. economy adds 245,000 jobs in November as recovery slows — America's hidden depression: K-shaped recovery threatens Biden administration.
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