Most Virginians have never heard of Democrat state senator Edward Houck, but control of the Virginia state senate may be in his hands. There is speculation that Governor elect McDonnell might try to appoint Houck to a cabinet office thereby opening up the senate seat, which Republicans probably would pick up. One more seat and the GOP, with the vote of the Lt.Governor, would control the body. According to today's Washington Post:
One key senator Friday did not rule out the possibility of accepting such an offer. Sen. Edward Houck (D-Spotsylvania) , a longtime school administrator who was considered for secretary of education under both Kaine and Warner, said he would be willing to discuss an administration job.
"I would certainly be willing to talk to the governor-elect and his staff about whatever they want to talk about," he said. "I'm not looking for that, I'm not seeking that, but I'm willing to talk to them about anything."
Could be a great move on McDonnell's part, bring the moderate Houck into his administration, and in exchange pick up the state senate.