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Live TV shooting victim's boyfriend triumphs in poll

A former Virginia news anchor whose journalist girlfriend was fatally shot during a live broadcast in 2015 has defeated a Republican incumbent for a seat in the state's House of Delegates.

Chris Hurst beat Joseph Yost in a high-profile race for the Blacksburg-area seat on Tuesday.

Mr Hurst was living with fellow journalist Alison Parker when she and a cameraman were killed by a former co-worker while reporting for WDBJ-TV.

After the shooting, Mr Hurst became the public face of the grieving Roanoke station, bringing national attention and garnering a large social media following.

The Pennsylvania native left his TV job and moved to Blacksburg to run in the 12th District.

The Democrat's campaign was backed by gun-control groups, but that was not his main campaign issue. Instead, he focused on education, health care and the environment.

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