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Dawn Adams is first open lesbian in Virginia House

RICHMOND, Va. — The Virginia House of Delegates now has its first openly lesbian lawmaker.

The Associated Press on Thursday declared Democratic candidate Dawn Adams as the winner of a seat representing the Richmond area. She defeated Republican incumbent G.M. “Manoli” Loupassi, who has represented the district for the past 10 years.

Adams won by less than 1 percentage point, with a margin of about 325 votes out of nearly 40,000 ballots cast. She claimed victory Wednesday night.

Loupassi actually conceded the race on election night Tuesday, but the AP at that point said the race was too close to call.

Adams’ victory gives Democrats 49 seats out of 100 in the House of Delegates.

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