Del. Tom Rust squeaked to a seventh term representing the 86th District, defeating Democrat Jennifer Boysko 10,383 votes to 10,327 or 50.02 percent of the vote.
Results for Rust and Boysko stayed neck and neck throughout the night, with the veteran delegate pulling out a victory at the bitter end.
The 86th District, comprised mostly of Fairfax County and sections of Sterling, has belonged to Rust since 2002.
Rust won Loudoun County by 1,320 to 1,168 votes.
“I look forward to continuing to serve the people of the 86 District and it is my honor to continue serve the people of the 86th District as well as assuming my new role as chairman of the House Transportation Committee. I sincerely thank my family, friends and supporters for their hard work and the outpouring of support and encouragement. Thank you for this victory,” Rust said.
The delegate gave his victory speech at about 11:30 p.m., according to his campaign.
With the demographic make-up shift, it's no surprise the race was a close one for Rust. Sixty percent of voters pulled for President Barack Obama in 2012.
A former mayor of Herndon, Rust last saw opposition in 2009 with Democrat Stevens Miller serving as his challenger.
This election was Boysko's first bid for public office. She grew up in Alabama and Arkansas and is a former legislative aide to Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust. A graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, she's lived in Herndon since 1996.
The Boysko campaign focused much of its attention highlighting Republican-led social and women's health legislation introduced in the General Assembly in recent years.