Virginia Republicans cheered Thursday when their candidate won a state House of Delegates race by luck of the draw, having his name chosen first out of ceramic bowl.
But inside a conference room in Richmond’s Capitol Square, where the drawing was held, it was all agony of defeat and no joy of victory. That’s because Republican David Yancey skipped the drawing, while Democratic challenger Shelley Simonds and many of her supporters absorbed it in stunned silence.
In a race that boiled down to a game of chance, Republican Del. David Yancey held onto his 94th District seat in the House of Delegates Thursday after an election official drew his name from a bowl to break a tie in the race, leaving Republicans with a one-seat majority in the House of Delegates.
But with Democrat Shelly Simonds refusing to concede, the race may not be over.
The city of Newport News will foot the $16,710 bill for the recount in the 94th District House of Delegates election.
Democrat Shelly Simonds requested the recount in a race that has gained a national following.
The long-running fight for control of the Virginia House of Delegates isn't over.
A legal fight over a closely contested House seat is set for a hearing in federal court Friday. It comes a day after a GOP candidate won a different seat when his name was drawn from a bowl.
A federal judge will hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging the results in a Fredericksburg-area race where at least 147 voters were given the wrong ballots.
The winner of the 94th House District race will be chosen by drawing names today in Richmond.
Wednesday afternoon, a three-judge panel denied an attempt to rehear arguments about a contested ballot, clearing the way for the drawing.
A three-judge recount panel on Wednesday rejected Democrat Shelly Simonds’ efforts to overturn the tied result in a pivotal Virginia House of Delegates race, allowing Thursday’s random drawing to choose a winner to proceed as planned.
The recount court led by Newport News Circuit Judge Bryant L. Sugg issued an 11-page ruling refusing Simonds’ legal challenge and upholding its decision last month to review and count a disputed ballot for Republican Del. David E. Yancey in the 94th District.
The three judges who declared a tie in the 94th District House of Delegates race denied a request from Democrat Shelly Simonds Wednesday to reconsider their decision and name her the winner.
They asserted that they followed all the rules and properly ruled a ballot as a vote for Republican incumbent Del. David Yancey, which officially tied up the race.
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The Republican candidate in a tied Virginia House race says he isn't promising to accept the results of a drawing to determine the winner as the final say.
Although two delegate races are still contested, central Valley lawmakers are ready to begin the 2018 session with the members who can join them in the General Assembly.
The fate of those two races will affect control of the House of Delegates, including leadership roles and the makeup of committees.
With less than two weeks before the start of this year's General Assembly session, the only certain thing is the uncertainty surrounding control of the Virginia House of Delegates. The session starts Jan. 10.
A final determination of the winner of Virginia House District 94 race, which is expected this week, will either keep Republicans in the majority or split the House 50-50.
House District 25 Del. Steve Landes said a 50-50 split would raise myriad issues.