Virginia Democratic Rep. Donald McEachin Dies at 61
By 270toWin Staff
November 29, 2022, 7:53 AM ET
Rep. Donald McEachin died Monday, following a long battle with cancer. He was 61. The Virginia Democrat had been reelected for a fourth term earlier this month.
Virginia District 4 includes the state capital, Richmond. It is a safely Democratic district. Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R) will set a special election to fill the vacancy.
If there are no further changes, the partisan composition of the House for the final month of this Congress will be 219 Democrats and 213 Republicans, along with three vacancies. The open seats were all previously held by Democrats. The other two are in Florida, where Reps. Charlie Crist (FL-13) and Ted Deutch (FL-22) resigned earlier this year.
Republicans will take control of the House January 3 - five weeks from today - having won at least 220 seats in the midterm elections. The most likely final outcome is a 222-213 GOP margin, an exact mirror of the Democratic 222-213 edge after the 2020 election.
Analyst David Wasserman sees another competitive battle for control
Six vacancies in Georgia, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania will be contested
Only Democrats entered the race to succeed the late Barbara Cooper (D), so the primary winner will almost certainly be the next state rep here
34 seats, 23 held by Democrats or independents associated with the party will be contested next year
Three vacancies in the Virginia General Assembly, along with one in the Mississippi State House, will be filled Tuesday