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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Bryce Reeves
Seven-term incumbent state Sen. R. Edward Houck, Spotsylvania Democrat, has conceded defeat in the 17th district Virginia Senate race to Republican Bryce Reeves, ensuring the GOP a 20th seat and an effective majority in the General Assembly's upper chamber.
Even though election results were still unofficial, Gov. Bob McDonnell and Virginia Republican leaders declared victory Wednesday and made clear they will be in control — complete control — of the General Assembly come January.
Top Virginia Democrats rallied before an enthusiastic crowd at George Mason University on Monday in a final push before Tuesday's elections, where the party will try to prevent a Republican monopoly from controlling Richmond just three years after the state swung blue.
All 140 seats in Virginia's General Assembly are up for election Tuesday, but the focus has narrowed to a handful of races, including several in Northern Virginia, that will determine the trajectory of state government for the next several years.
Top state Senate Democrats have piled up big campaign cash reserves for the fierce final sprint to November's legislative election which will determine whether Republicans take total control of policymaking in Virginia.
Earlier in the day, both the Republican Party of Virginia and Mr. Reeves declared him the winner, though canvassing in Louisa County had yet to be completed at that time.
"I am looking forward to serving the people of the 17th district and working with Governor Bob McDonnell in Richmond to create jobs, grow our economy, improve our schools, and keep Virginia moving in the right direction," Mr. Reeves said in a statement. "I want to thank everyone who came out to vote, regardless of who they voted for, and I look forward to serving all of the people of the 17th district."