That's quite a sea change for the Old Dominion, where Republicans have controlled the House since 2000 and held a 16-seat majority going into Tuesday's races. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam defeated Republican candidate Ed Gillespie — a former head of the Republican National Committee — for the keys to the governor's mansion, while Northam will be succeeded as lieutenant governor by Democrat Justin Fairfax. Mark Herring, also a Democrat, retained his hold on the attorney generalship.
All three races were hotly contested — even the White House threw its weight behind Gillespie — and local newspapers took note of the Democrats' shocking night:
Read more about how Tuesday's results spelled deliverance for the Democrats via David Faris here at The Week.