PEARISBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) Incumbent Delegate Joseph Yost was expecting to begin his fourth term in office. Instead, he will end his run as delegate for the 12th district.
Yost's election returns watch party at the Giles Country Club quickly turned serious as election results poured in.
Yost made his first appearance just after nine when it was clear he was not the winner.
"It's not the result we expected obviously but I've had the honor and privilege to represent my home over the last six years," Yost said.
There were lots of hugs, even tears as Yost thanked his close supporters and reminded them of his successes as delegate including his interest in improving mental health services in the state.
"We have made a lot of great accomplishments over this time in areas that are incredibly important to me in particular mental health services and what we've been able to achieve in that area over the last six years," Yost said.
Yost was born and raised in Giles county, and graduated from Radford University.
Delegate Yost was first elected in November, 2011 and currently serves on three committees: Education; General Laws; and Health, Welfare, & Institutions.
Yost lives in Pearisburg and is married to Lisa Robinson Yost. They have one daughter.
"I just want to thank everybody. We've got a lot to be proud of and a lot to be thankful for in what we've done together and that is Joseph out," Yost said.
He declined an interview with the journalists covering his campaign. It was obvious his supporters were upset with the outcome.