Democrat's recount win could alter power in Virginia's House

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Democrat Shelly Simonds emerged from the recount as the apparent victor in the 94th District of the House of Delegates, seizing the seat from Republican incumbent David Yancey.

The final tally: 11,608 for Simonds to 11,607 for Yancey.

By state law, the victor of the tie will be determined "by lot". David Yancey, resulting in a 50-to-50 partisan split in the Virginia House of Delegates in 2018.

"I imagine we'll probably get together next week", State Board of Elections Chairman James Alcorn said in an interview Wednesday afternoon.

The canisters are then put in a bowl and shaken. The canister containing the winner's name is pulled out at random by a board member. Two more recounts are set Wednesday and Thursday for districts in and around Richmond and in the Fredericksburg area.

Yancey successfully challenged an uncounted ballot that he said should have been included in his total. It was not immediately clear how or when that will take place. He added that Democrats could gain control of the House in case another recount flips another district.

The victor of the tie will be determined "by lot" according to state law, AP reported, meaning Republicans would maintain power by one seat, 51-49 if Yancey is declared the victor.

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

House Democratic leader David Toscano was optimistic in a phone interview.

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Democrats were declaring victory Tuesday night and celebrating what appeared to be their successful effort to wrest control Virginia House of Delegates from Republicans for the first time in 17 years.

But that process seemed less likely to be of effect, given that Democrat Dawn Adams was 336 votes ahead of Republican incumbent Del.

Drama Plays Out In One Race Of Virginia House Of Delegates After a closely-watched recount, it's a tie in the race to represent Virginia's 94th district in the House of Delegates.

Election officials presiding over the five-hour recount on Tuesday had discarded that ballot. He wrote that the ballot had both candidates' names bubbled in for the 94th District race. He says the voter had chosen Republican candidates in every other race.

"While it appeared yesterday that Shelly Simonds was elected, it's obvious now that the result will remain unclear for a while longer", they said.

The judges are meeting to certify Tuesday's recount.

But if Democrats and Republicans ultimately find themselves evenly split, a messy dynamic could develop. But Republicans challenged that decision in court Wednesday, saying the voter had selected every other Republican on the ballot and meant to vote for Yancey.

Republicans said Wednesday they have no plans to vote on their current leadership team, led by Del. Attorneys for Yancey said the campaign believes one ballot meant for him was not counted. Democrats are still waiting for a decision in their lawsuit seeking a new election in the Stafford-area 28th District, which was won by Republican Bob Thomas by 82 votes.

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