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Saying voters sent a clear message in last November's election, new Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is asking the Republican-backed General Assembly to pass a progressive agenda that includes expanding Medicaid, stricter gun regulations and protecting abortion rights.

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The Democrat has conceded to the Republican in the race for Virginia's 94th District House seat.

Shelly Simonds used Twitter to announce her concession to Del. David Yancey on Wednesday.

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A federal judge on Friday rejected a request for a new election that might have forced a 50-50 split in Virginia's House of Delegates, calling ballot mistakes cited by Democrats a "garden-variety" problem that doesn't merit federal intervention.

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A three-judge panel has rejected a request to reconsider its ruling on a recount in an election that could determine partisan control of the Virginia House.

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Virginia state House Speaker William Howell is recovering from emergency heart surgery.

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