The leader of Virginia’s state Senate survived an unexpectedly spirited progressive primary challenge on Tuesday, staving off a political earthquake.

Dick Saslaw, 79, who has served in the legislature since 1976, defeated Yasmine Taeb, 39, a progressive human rights attorney and member of the Democratic National Committee, by a narrow margin of just a few hundred votes. Karen Torrent, an attorney also running to Saslaw’s left, received more votes than Saslaw’s margin of victory.

With the backing of left-leaning groups like Our Revolution and the Democratic Socialists of America, Taeb argued that the northern Virginia district, which includes Falls Church as well as parts of Alexandria and Fairfax County, deserved a fresh voice capable of standing up to the state’s

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