Where control of Virginia’s legislature will be decided

Both parties control one chamber by a small margin, and all 140 seats are on the ballot in November.
The Virginia state Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

The path to control of the Virginia legislature runs through suburban and exurban communities around Washington, D.C., Hampton Roads and elsewhere, as state Democrats and Republicans begin an intense battle likely to be decided by small margins. 

Much of the outcome’s uncertainty is driven by the decennial redistricting process, which for the first time was a nonpartisan exercise without consideration for incumbents. That in part led to more than two dozen legislative retirements, resulting in a number of open seats and newcomers on the ballot.

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