Democrat wins recount in Virginia House race

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If a three-judge panel accepts Simonds as the victor on Wednesday, the House could have a 50-50 split which could force a power sharing arrangement. 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.

The most recent one-vote margin in a House race was in 1991.

The caucus vote comes after a day after Democrats appear to have secured a 50-50 tie in the lower chamber with a one-vote election victory after a recount in a Newport News House district.

And it leaves the balance of power in the state legislature at 49-51, in favor of Republicans - at least for now.

A single vote may spell the end of Republican control in Virginia's House of Delegates. However, there were no challenged ballots so nothing for the court to review.

Now, the victor will be determined "by lot", according to state law, and that could mean pulling a name out of a hat, a coin toss - or drawing straws.

While that agreement, coupled with Democrats as governor and lieutenant governor, could allow the party to pass a more progressive agenda on health care and other issues, Republicans still hold a slim 21-20 majority in the Virginia State Senate.


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

The entire scape of the Virginia state legislature was changed Tuesday after a recount finalized a Democrat's victory in a seat formerly held by a Republican with a margin of just one vote.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the ballot in question was "bubbled in" for both Simonds and Yancey but also crossed out through Simonds' bubble. David Yancey's 11,607, prompted renewed discussion about a rare power-sharing agreement that would need to be forged between the two parties in the coming weeks. The two were battling for the 94th District in Newport News.

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.

A fourth recount in the Fairfax County-centered 40th District confirmed the victor as incumbent Del. However, the bubble for Gillespie had an X mark and the bubble for Simonds had a slash-like mark.

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 judges are meeting to certify Tuesday's recount.

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