- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Democratic candidate Dan Gecker has conceded to his Republican opponent in the closely watched race for an open seat in Virginia’s 10th Senate District.

The Associated Press called the race for Republican Glen Sturtevant Tuesday evening, but Gecker initially declined to concede. His campaign said it wanted to review the results from Powhatan County, where turnout was unusually high in an off-year election.

But Gecker’s campaign said he called Sturtevant on Wednesday to congratulate him on his win.

Unofficial results show that Sturtevant won with nearly 50 percent of the vote while Gecker brought in 47 percent. Independent candidate Marleen Durfee and Libertarian Carl Loser each received fewer than 2 percent.

Sturtevant’s victory helped ensure that Republicans would remain in control of the upper chamber. Republicans enjoy a 21-19 advantage.

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