David Ramadan helped shape history in Virginia, winning election by only 50 votes to the House of Delegates and becoming the first person of Muslim heritage to hold a seat in the Western Hemisphere's oldest continuously meeting legislative body.
Virginia Republicans, who appear to have eked out a partisan 20-20 split in the 40-seat Senate in Tuesday's election, said Wednesday they will not share power with Democrats, who have held a two-seat majority the past four years.
Elections officials could be found counting votes Wednesday throughout Virginia to make sure they're correct, a process especially important in Albemarle County after a tight 17th District Senate race in Virginia.
Republicans appeared on the cusp of taking control of the Virginia Senate Tuesday night as seven-term Democrat Edd Houck trails Republican challenger Bryce Reeves by 86 votes with all precincts reporting.
Incumbent Madison County Sheriff Erik J. Weaver and incumbent Madison County School Board members Tonya Taylor and James Nelson Jr. will all keep their positions. Republican Jonathon Weakley and Independent Doris Lackey also won seats on the Madison County Board of Supervisors.
Republican Ken Boyd and Democrat Chris Dumler swept two relatively easy victories in the race for two seats on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors. The outcome means no dramatic shift to the balance of power on the board.
Former Louisa County Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Garrett (R) has easily won an open Virginia Senate seat over well-known businessman Bert Dodson as Republicans look to erase the Democrats' slim majority.
In the final hours before Election Day, the focus is on the senate races. Republicans only need to gain three seats in the Virginia State Senate in order to have a majority. Party leaders say the high stakes could bring more people to the polls.