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Democrat wins recount in Virginia House race

21 December, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Shelly Simonds

After the recount, the final tally is 11,608 votes for Simonds to 11,607 for Yancey.

In the case of a tie in a House race, state law says the victor is chosen by lot - essentially, a coin toss.

Even as the court was considering whether to certify Tuesday's recount in the 94th House District, two other recounts are taking place this week - at least one of which may further reshuffle politics in Richmond.

Based on certified election results, Republicans would have controlled the chamber 51-49.

"While it appeared yesterday that Shelly Simonds was elected, it's obvious now that the result will remain unclear for a while longer", Virginia House Republican leadership said in a statement Wednesday. David Yancey and Virginia Republicans conceding defeat, a three-judge panel deliberating the recount Wednesday declared a previously uncounted vote for Yancey valid.

Control of the state House will likely be determined by the victor of the race.

The parties may have to reach a power-sharing agreement to avoid chaos in the House.

Virginia Democrats picked up one more seat in the House of Delegates Tuesday after a recount in Newport News flipped the results of the November 7 election, according to unofficial recount results.




The Dec. 19 recount, which left Simonds with 11,608 votes compared to incumbent Del.

Election officials in Newport News said Tuesday that Shelly Simonds beat incumbent Republican Del. But that process seemed less likely to be of outcome, given that Democrat Dawn Adams was 336 votes ahead of Republican incumbent Del. The two were battling for the 94th District in Newport News.

The official wrote that although he signed off on the ballot, which was not counted a day earlier, he was confused at the time.

On Wednesday, Democrat Shelly Simonds was declared the apparent victor in the race for the 94th District, beating incumbent Republican David Yancey after a wild recount gave Simonds a win by one vote, flipped a red seat to blue, and created a 50-50 tie between the two parties in the Virginia House.

The recounted votes still must be certified by a court on Wednesday. David Yancey presented a letter written by the official to a three-judge panel Wednesday.

A Republican delegate in Fairfax County held onto his seat following his district's recount last week. If the loser of the coin toss is unhappy with that result, he or she can seek a second recount.

"I may become Landslide Shelly", she said.

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