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Democrat Wexton joins Senate

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Newly-elected Senator Jennifer Wexton, D-Loudoun, right, was sworn in by Senate Clerk Susan Clarke Schaar, lower left, as Wexton's husband, Andrew and sons Matthew, 10, and James, 8, hold the Bible inside the Senate chamber at the Virginia State Capitol in Richmond, VA Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.

Democrat Jennifer T. Wexton was sworn in Friday as the new state senator for the 33rd District, the Loudoun County-based seat formerly held by Mark R. Herring, the state’s new attorney general.

Earlier Friday, the State Board of Elections certified the former Loudoun prosecutor’s victory over Republican John C.L. Whitbeck and independent Joe T. May.

Her win gives Democrats 19 Senate seats to the GOP’s 20. If Democrat Lynwood W. Lewis Jr. captures the seat formerly held by Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam, each party will have 20 seats.

Northam’s tiebreaking vote on most issues would give Democrats control of the chamber.

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