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Karen Greenhalgh wins District 85 House of Delegates race

The win puts Republicans in control of the House of Delegates, with one race yet to be called.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Author's Note: The video above is on file from Dec. 2, 2021. 

The recount for the 85th District in Virginia's House of Delegates race is complete, and Republican Karen Greenhalgh has been declared the winner.

The race was between Greenhalgh and Democrat Alex Askew. Prior to the recount, Greenhalgh had a lead of 127 votes. 

That is a less than 0.5% difference, which is within the threshold allowed for a state-funded recount, upon a candidates request. 

During the recount, Askew earned 12 additional votes but he still trailed Greenhalgh by 115 votes.

With this win, a house seat has been flipped. 

Republicans have taken control of the House for now, holding 51 seats. However, there's still one race left to call, but Republicans are leading. 

Around 28,000 people casted ballots in the 85th District race.

Following the results, Greenhalgh shared her victory statement on Twitter saying, "I am truly grateful for the trust placed in me by the voters of the 85th District, and I look forward to serving my community as their representative in Richmond."

Askew has officially conceded from the race. He said, in part, "I continue to be filled with optimism for the future of our Commonwealth and of the city of Virginia Beach. We’re facing some major challenges — but as the past two years showed us, Virginians are resilient."

He went on to thank everyone who has stood beside him and supported him.

"Thank you for working with us, believing in us, and, most importantly, believing in a better future for Virginia."