While the statewide Democrats swept this year for the first time since 1989 (thanks Tea Party!), Democrats in the House of Delegates did not have such a great year- only netting one seat to move the chamber from 68-32 to 67-33. But the news gets worse...
Because of the record number of Independents in the 2006 session (3) that were elected, Republicans changed House rules to calculate the minority party membership by their actual number, not by their relative split within the chamber. This also applies to vacancies. Right now every 23 member committee is split 15-7 for the GOP, and if Democrats had gained to 38 seats they would have earned a pickup on every committee to a 14-8 split. But with Lynwood Lewis running for the Senate, there is a good chance his seat could be vacant in January in the House, leaving Dems with their 32 seats they currently have. At 31, the GOP picks up another seat on every committee, moving to a 16-6 split- so if a single Democrat in the House of Delegates joins the McAuliffe administration, the Republicans will gain a super majority on every committee as well.
Meanwhile, the AG recount has ruined the chances for Senate Democrats to control the Senate when it comes back into session- at least immediately. If the recount holds the margin in the AG race, Republicans will hold a 20-18 majority in the Senate, with LG Northam there to break ties. Because Northam won with margin, the Governor will likely call a special election in his seat in December or January and the Senate will become 20-19 if the Democrats win there. But with a recount in the AG's race, it is unlikely that the special election for Herring's seat will take place before session begins- and so Democrats will be short the seat they need to take control of the Senate at 20-20.
This assumes that Democrats will hold both Senate seats- but in special elections both the 6th and 33rd are unpredictable with low turnout- so Republicans could win outright control of the Senate by winning either special election.
But with these breaks all going against Dems- it could be a long first session for Governor Terry McAuliffe.