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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.