Republicans could retake the Virginia Senate after it was discovered that a winning Democrat state senator lied about where she lives.
Virginia Republicans lost control of the state Senate 21-19 to Democrats in last week’s election. However, Ghazala Hashmi —who beat her GOP counterpart— could be kicked out of the Senate after investigations showed she lied on her campaign paperwork about where she lived.
BREAKING: Virginia Democrats are about to lose control of the State Senate after BOMBSHELL evidence reveals candidate Ghazala Hashmi lied about residing in the district she won in
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Per state law, Virginia Senate candidates are required to live in the district they are running for. Hashmi, on her campaign paperwork, claimed she lived in an apartment on Boulder Lake Drive in North Chesterfield in Senate District 15. Four neighbors have, however, filed a complaint saying the Democrat state senator lives outside the district on Bosham Lane in Midlothian.
The four complainants provided a spreadsheet saying they had driven by the house on Bosham Lane 62 times in October and found her car at the residence late in the evening and early in the morning. The complainants also have notes and photo evidence of Hashmi leaving the house shortly after 8 a.m.
Hashmi signed her Certificate of Candidacy Qualification on March 14, where she claimed she lives in the North Chesterfield apartment. She also did not disclose the Bosham Lane home when asked on the certificate if she or any of her immediate family holds an interest valued at more than $5,000 in real property. Real estate records show that Hashmi and her Husband have owned the Bosham Lane home since 2023.
JUST IN: Virginia Democrats may now LOSE STATE SENATE MAJORITY Amid Allegations of Candidate Ghazala Hashmi's FALSE Residency Claims..
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Aside from losing her Senate seat, Hashmi could face up to $2,500 and confinement for up to ten years for her false statements.
Republican Hayden Fisher, who lost to Hashmi after she won 62% of the votes, told The Daily Wire that he plans to stop the certification of her victory.
“I plan to stop them from certifying the election,” Fisher said. “She’s disqualified, that means I ran unopposed as a matter of law. There’s no question whatsoever that she does not live in that apartment. She definitely clearly intentionally lied on that form. And she does not reside in the district so she should not represent it. She made no genuine effort to actually move into the district, she just rented an apartment. Why don’t you just sell your house and move into the district? She just doesn’t even care. The arrogance is mind-boggling.”
Fisher argued that the vote must be declared null and void and that he should be declared the winner.
“Should the commonwealth have to pay for a special election because the Democrats’ candidate was dishonest?” he asked.
Should Hasmi lose her Senate seat to Fisher, the Virginia senate will be tied at 20-20. However, Republican Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears would cast tie-breaking votes, effectively handing control of the state’s Senate to Republicans.