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House Speaker William J. Howell, Stafford Republican, said he was “very excited” about the anticipated 68-seat majority, and delivered the news that congressional redistricting would likely be put on hold until January’s regular session.

The Republican-led House and Democrat-led Senate are at odds over two competing plans. The House plan received input from the state’s entire congressional delegation and largely protects all of them, while the Senate plan would make Republican Rep. J. Randy Forbes’ southeastern 4th District majority-minority by drawing in some of the black population from Rep. Robert C. Scott’s 3rd District, which meanders from Richmond to Newport News.

Of course, Republicans’ plans still hinge on a favorable outcome in the Senate race between Mr. Reeves and Mr. Houck.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Mr. Reeves led Mr. Houck by about 230 votes out of 45,000 cast. After local canvassing of the results, the state Board of Elections will meet to certify the Nov. 8 results on Nov. 28. After that, the trailing candidate has 10 days to ask for a recount. They can do so only if the difference between the apparent winner and loser is less than 1 percent of the votes cast for the two, or in this case about 450 votes.