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VaNews for 2017 House of Delegates - District 40 - Regular General

Delegate elections smashed fundraising records in Prince William

By ALEX KOMA, Inside NOVA (Metered Paywall)

Prince William recorded the most expensive races for the House of Delegates in the county’s history in 2017, with candidates in each of the six contested races for the General Assembly’s lower chamber smashing records for previous fundraising efforts in those districts.

VaNews January 29, 2018

Republican delegate prevails after recount in key Va. House race with 100-vote margin

By ANTONIO OLIVO, Washington Post (Metered Paywall - 3 articles a month)

Virginia state Del. Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax) prevailed in the first of four scheduled election recounts that will determine which party holds power in the House of Delegates, leaving Democrats to stake their hopes on the remaining races, whose outcomes will be determined next week. After Democrat Donte Tanner gained a net of seven votes, Hugo’s lead dropped to 99 votes at the end of a two-day recount inside Fairfax County’s Circuit Court that, despite the high stakes, went smoothly.

VaNews December 15, 2017

Republican Tim Hugo survives recount to win in Northern Virginia House district

By GRAHAM MOOMAW, Richmond Times-Dispatch (Metered Paywall - 25 articles a month)

Republican Del. Timothy D. Hugo’s 106-vote lead over Democratic challenger Donte Tanner fell only slightly to 99 votes during a recount this week, giving the GOP the first win in a series of four recounts that will decide control of the House of Delegates.

VaNews December 15, 2017

Hugo's win affirmed in recount

By JILL PALERMO, Prince William Times

It’s official: Prince William County will retain one of its Republican incumbent delegates in the state General Assembly. Del. Tim Hugo came out on top Thursday of a recount of the ballots cast Nov. 7 in what turned out to be a surprisingly close contest in the 40th District. The district straddles Prince William and Fairfax counties and has been held by Hugo, the majority caucus leader, since 2002.

VaNews December 15, 2017

Democrat seeks recount in 40th District race

By ALEX KOMA, Inside NOVA (Metered Paywall)

Donte Tanner is now one of a pair of Democratic candidates for the House of Delegates formally requesting a recount, with the Republican majority in the chamber hanging in the balance. Tanner initially seemed to emerge victorious on Nov. 7 in his challenge to Del. Tim Hugo, R-40th District, for the Fairfax and Prince William-area seat.

VaNews November 30, 2017

About those ballots a recount reviews

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

Now that the count is done, and the provisional ballots reviewed and eligible ones counted, it seems there are three House of Delegates races — including the Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, vs Democratic challenger Shelly Simonds for the Peninsula’s 94th district — headed for a recount.

VaNews November 15, 2017

Protesters demand that absentee ballots be counted in tight Stafford races

By SCOTT SHENK, Free Lance-Star (Metered Paywall - 10 articles a month)

The ballot controversy in Stafford County will linger for at least another day. During its noon meeting on Monday, Stafford’s electoral board voted, 2-1, to delay a decision about certifying absentee and provisional ballots until Tuesday. The board then went into closed session. Doug Filler, the electoral board chairman, said the delay will give people with questions about their vote time to come forward. After the closed session, he said the board voted to get a judicial opinion on the votes in question.

VaNews November 14, 2017

Hugo holds on to lead in 40th District; Tanner expected to call for recount

By ALEX KOMA, Inside NOVA (Metered Paywall)

Now that all the votes are counted, Del. Tim Hugo, R-40th District, appears to be the lone Republican in Prince William County to hold onto his seat in the House of Delegates — but Democrat Donte Tanner isn’t conceding just yet, with control of the chamber hanging in the balance.

VaNews November 14, 2017

With even split, House of Delegates politics likely to be rough

By DAVE RESS, Daily Press (Metered Paywall - 1 article a month)

The Virginia House of Delegates’ tradition when dueling special interests can’t agree is for a committee chair to invite them to sit down somewhere and seek “peace in the valley” – a compromise. Don’t look for much peace in the valley next year in a closely divided House.

VaNews November 13, 2017

Valley GOP anxiously awaits House results

By BOB STUART, News Virginian

Which political party controls the Virginia House of Delegates for the next two years may not be known until Thanksgiving. Tuesday's Virginia House of Delegates elections brought major dividends for Democrats, and could lead to that party's control of the House. The Democrats knocked off 13 Republican incumbents Tuesday and picked up three open seats.

VaNews November 9, 2017