On Tuesday, Virginia voters headed to the polls to decide who would represent the state’s Fourth Congressional District in the special election. After an intense campaign between Democratic candidate Jennifer McClellan and Republican candidate Mike Benjamin, CNN projected that McClellan had won the election.
McClellan will become the first Black congresswoman from Virginia, making history in the state. Her victory comes after a surge of voter turnout in the district, with nearly double the number of ballots cast compared to the 2017 election.
The election was also marked by several high-profile issues, including gun violence in Richmond, a deadly earthquake in Turkey, and the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Fox News, McClellan’s victory was a “decisive win” for the Democrat.
McClellan celebrated her victory with a post on Twitter, saying “Tonight, Virginia made history. I am humbled and honored to be elected to represent the 4th Congressional District.”
The election results were a welcome change of pace in the district, which has been represented by Republicans since 2003. With McClellan’s victory, the district will now be represented by a Democrat.
McClellan’s win is a major milestone for the state and a sign of hope for the future of Virginia politics. For more coverage on the special election, visit USNN.