Democrat wins recount in Virginia House race

Democrat wins recount in Virginia House race

Simonds win means the House is evenly split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans.

Don't ever let anyone tell you that your vote doesn't matter. Their gubernatorial candidate, Ralph Northam, won an easy victory in last month's election, which also saw the party pick up at least 15 seats in the House of Delegates, in part because of voters' unhappiness with President Trump. "I believe one locality uses an old fashioned tri-corner hat for these occasions", Alcorn said.

The person challenging the ballot was Yancey official and he said one ballot had both candidates bubbled in with a slash through Democratic candidate Shelly Simonds' name. The Republicans' commanding 66-34 majority in the House sank to 51-49.

But on Wednesday morning Yancey's campaign asked the court to accept a ballot that had been tossed aside as an overvote.

After an election recount that appears to give them a tying vote in their chamber, Virginia House Democrats plan to meet Wednesday to select a would-be speaker. The victory means a rare power-sharing agreement may have to be brokered between Democrats and Republicans. Yancey went into the Tuesday recount with a ten-vote margin.

The election's outcome likely will decide partisan control of the House of Delegates. The Washington Post notes that "A three-judge panel still must certify the results", an event scheduled for today, but no challenges are expected. But that process seemed less likely to be of effect, given that Democrat Dawn Adams was 336 votes ahead of Republican incumbent Del.

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In the initial count, Simonds had been behind by 10 votes, and the recount found her ahead instead by one vote.

A recount is set begin for a Virginia House of Delegates race that could alter the power dynamic in Richmond.

Democrat Shelly Simonds emerged from the recount as the victor of the 94 District of the House of Delegates, defeating Republican incumbent David Yancey, The Washington Post reports.

The statement continued, "The State Board of Elections will publicly meet to make a determination by drawing lots, after which the loser may request an additional recount".

The 94th District has by far the slimmest margin and the greatest chance to flip.

On December 20, a recount is being held for District 68, where Dawn Adams (D) leads Delegate Manoli Loupassi (R) by over 300 votes. It is notable, too, that two years ago, when Simonds and Yancey also competed for the 94 District seat, Yancey prevailed by more than 15 percentage points, a stark illustration of the shift required to move the House from two-thirds Republican to an even split.

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