CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- State Senator Creigh Deeds will continue in the Virginia Senate, representing the newly-redrawn 11th District. He’s been in the Virginia Senate since 2001.

Deeds was running against conservative Philip Hamilton.

"The first thing I want to do is I want to continue to work on mental health," said Deeds. "I want to continue to move the ball forward, but I also think that we owe it to the people of Virginia to come up with a solution for the JLARC report that shows we're underfunding K through 12 education, to the tune of $1,800 per student, and we've got, we've simply got to figure that out over the short term rather than over the long term, the people opportunity to observe no less stuff."

Deeds feels the controversy over abortion was a big part of voter turnout.

He says if the Democrats take the majority in the Senate he says they will be able to get things done and force Governor Glenn Youngkin to make some choices.

Meanwhile, in the race for House Delegate in the 55th District, Amy Laufer looks to be coming out on top over opponent Steve Harvey. 

She made a statement saying, "I’ll push to fully fund our public schools and support gun violence prevention measures. In the General Assembly, I’ll fight for affordable health care and child care access as well as climate crisis measures. As your next Delegate, I’ll prioritize our community and ensure we have a seat at the table," she said in a statement.