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Could Democrats Lose Control Of Virginia State Senate? * * by Danielle

NEWS HEADLINES: Could Democrats Lose Control Of Virginia State Senate? * * by Danielle

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Republicans had a miserable night in Tuesday’s Virginia elections.

Democrats retained control of the Virginia State Senate and recaptured the Virginia House of Delegates.

ELECTIONS: Democrats Secure Full Control Of State Legislature In Key Battleground State

However, new reports suggest Democrats may lose their 21-19 hold on the state Senate.

According to a report from The Daily Wire, a winning senator may have lied about their residence and become ineligible to take office.

“Democrats are slated to control the state Senate 21-19, but if Ghazala Hashmi is ineligible to hold office because she lied on her campaign paperwork, then a situation could arise where she is replaced by a Republican, and Republican Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears would cast tie-breaking votes,” The Daily Wire reports.

More details from The Daily Wire:

Virginia Senate candidates are required to live in the district they are running for, and Hashmi filed candidacy paperwork saying she lived in an apartment on Boulder Lake Drive in North Chesterfield in Senate District 15.

But four neighbors filed a complaint saying she actually lives outside the district on Bosham Lane in Midlothian, and they provided a spreadsheet saying they had driven by the house 62 times during the month of October to document her residency. The notes include her car being there late at night and early in the morning, and her leaving the house shortly after 8 a.m. It also includes photographic evidence.

Putting Hashmi in a particular bind, if she did live in the Chesterfield apartment, then she may have committed a felony by concealing her ownership of the Midlothian home on sworn election forms.

The Certificate of Candidacy Qualification, which she signed March 14, 2023, says, “I now reside at the address shown below in the district in which I seek office,” under which she listed the North Chesterfield apartment.

The form also asks, “Do you or a member of your immediately family, separately or together, hold an interest valued at more than $5,000 in real property? DO NOT INCLUDE your principal residence.” She checked “no,” and did not list the Midlothian home. Real estate records show that she and her husband have owned that — worth nearly $600,000 — since 1999.

Hashmi, the first-ever Indian-American woman and a Muslim to be elected to the Virginia State legislation, was re-elected to her third term in the legislative body.

“Hashmi is a current senator representing the old Senate District 10, which includes Midlothian. But after once-a-decade redistricting this year, her house became part of a new District 12. But she decided to run in neighboring District 15, representing Chesterfield County and part of Richmond, and apparently rented an apartment to have an address there,” The Daily Wire noted.

Hayden Fisher, the Republican opponent who lost to Hashmi 62% to 38%, spoke to the outlet about the Democrat possibly being ineligible.

“I plan to stop them from certifying the election. She’s disqualified, that means I ran unopposed as a matter of law,” Fisher told the outlet.

“There’s no question whatsoever that she does not live in that apartment,” he added.

“She definitely clearly intentionally lied on that form. And she does not reside in the district so she should not represent it,” he continued.

Fisher claimed Hashmi’s votes should be declared null and void, and the election victory should go to him.

According to the form Hashmi completed, “knowingly making any untrue statement or entry in this document is a felony under Virginia law.”

The punishment includes a maximum fine of $2,500 and/or confinement of up to 10 years and losing the right to vote.

Read the full report at The Daily Wire.

We’ll check back on further developments to this story.

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