Democrat Dan Helmer was elected to the House of Delegates in the 40th District Tuesday, beating longtime incumbent and Republican Caucus Chair Del. Tim Hugo.
With 95.65 percent of the vote reported, Helmer garnered 53.46 percent of the vote compared with Hugo's 46.43 percent, according to unofficial election results.
Democrats have been trying to flip the seat since Hugo’s narrow win over Democrat Donte Tanner in 2017 by only 99 votes. Hugo has served as delegate since 2002 and was one of the last Republican to hold a state seat in Northern Virginia.
During his campaign, Helmer, a U.S. Army veteran and West Point grad, advocated for commonsense gun reforms, increasing teacher pay and continuing the state’s expansion of Medicaid expansion.