The 32-year incumbent Del. Chris Jones, R-Suffolk, has been unseated by his Democratic challenger Clinton Jenkins with 100 percent of precincts reporting in.
Jenkins will take over Virginia’s 76th House District after receiving 56.4 percent of the votes to Jones’s 43.6 percent. Jones, a Republican leader, had chaired the House Appropriations Committee.
Although Jones had easily controlled the district in previous races, a court-ordered redrawing of the House maps shifted him from a heavy Republican district into a heavy Democrat district. The district shifted from a 12.2 point spread in favor of Republicans to a 15.2 point spread in favor of the Democrats, making the race very difficult to win for a Republican.
Jenkins will get to work with a Democrat-majority House of Delegates and Senate after the party was able to flip control of both in the elections. Gov. Ralph Northam is also a Democrat.
Jenkins has promoted additional gun control legislation, similar to Northam’s proposals. These include expanded background checks, red flag laws and restricted access to assault weapons. He has also called for more education investments and public-private workforce development partnerships.