Race for Virginia state house now tied, victor to be randomly selected

Election officials in Newport News Va. examined ballots during the recount for a House of Delegates race on Tuesday

Going into the recount, Yancey led by 10 votes, but there was an 11-vote shift. "And we won it by one vote. Don't tell me that every vote doesn't count".

A battle over one vote has left control of the Virginia House of Delegates up in the air - and headed for the winner's name to be drawn at random. The victory means a rare power-sharing agreement may have to be brokered between Democrats and Republicans. But that process seemed less likely to be of effect, given that Democrat Dawn Adams was 336 votes ahead of Republican incumbent Del. David Yancey in the 94th District in Newport News, 11,608 to 11,607, in a dramatic hours-long recount that ended only after the precinct ballots were exhausted and provisional ballots were examined.

"Today's decision by the court was wrong, and Delegate-elect Shelly Simonds should have been certified the victor", their attorney, Marc Elias, said.

The ballot appeared to fill in circles next to both Simonds' and Yancey names - but Simonds' circle had a slash through it. The even split, if it stands, would be the first time in 18 years that Republicans have lacked a majority in Virginia's lower house. When the process was complete, Simonds wound up ahead with 11,608 votes to Yancey's 11,607. Also in that court, the Yancey campaign is challenging a single ballot before a three-judge panel.

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Tuesday's recount was one of four scheduled for House races with extremely tight margins. A victory for the Democrat would split control of the House of Delegates 50-50 and end Republican control of the chamber, while a victory for the Republican would mean the GOP would continue in the majority. 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.

A recount is set begin for a Virginia House of Delegates race that could alter the power dynamic in Richmond. A city council race in Idaho came down to a coin toss and a recount Monday, resulting in the discovery of one new ballot that tilted the race for the incumbent.

The recounts will determine if the GOP maintains control. The 94th District had by far the slimmest vote difference and the biggest chance of flipping.

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.

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