Hurst keeps 12th district delegate seat

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (WDBJ7)— Chris Hurst will keep his seat after getting 53 percent of the vote with 35 of 36 precincts reporting in the race against Forrest Hite.

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On Tuesday, he was greeted with thunderous applause as dozens of people made their way out to his election night party. Both he and Senator John Edwards were excited to announce that Virginia now has a Democratic majority.

Hearst said he plans to continue to help with schools and standardized tests, to provide for everyone, even in rural counties and to provide a stronger economy. He said he couldn’t have won again without the help of his supporters.

“It was a close race and my hat’s off to my opponent,” Hurst said. “It was a very hard race.”

WDBJ7 caught up with Hite prior to the polls closing.

“Thank you to everyone who has supported me from the start, has said an encouraging word,” Hite said. “It’s been a really humbling experience to see such a community fired up for the values that I love and for the valley that I love.”

Hite said he doesn’t know what is next for him, but to stay tuned.

Hurst said there’s still a lot of hard work to do to make sure he can help to provide for everyone in the New River Valley.

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