Drawing declares Yancey victor of disputed Va. House race; Simonds doesn't concede

Drawing gives Republicans edge in Virginia House of Delegates

Drawing declares Yancey victor of disputed Va. House race; Simonds doesn't concede

"Personally, myself, I may have to pick up a committee or so, just with the way things are now", Kilgore said.

The insane House race for the 94th district, which began with the Democratic candidate, Shelly Simonds, winning by a single vote on December 19, ended with the Republican incumbent, Yancey, winning the election after his name was drawn out of a film canister placed in a ceramic bowl. She said previously that she may seek a second recount, a contest in the House of Delegates or "other legal options". "Today we have witnessed an unprecedented event", Virginia State Board of Elections Vice Chair Clara Belle Wheeler declared after the vote.

That meant the race was officially a tie, which Virginia state law requires to be determined "by lot" ― through such random processes as picking a name out of a hat, drawing straws or flipping a coin.

Almost two months after voters cast their ballots, the victor of the race was decided Thursday morning by a random drawing, the latest dramatic moment in the most suspenseful election of 2017. That's because Republican David Yancey skipped the drawing, while Democratic challenger Shelley Simonds and many of her supporters absorbed it in stunned silence.

He left the speaking to House Republican Leader Kirk Cox and his top deputy, Del. Yancey won the tie-breaking drawing on Thursday. The election has been widely seen as a potential harbinger of the 2018 midterm congressional elections. That would still allow Republicans to elect a speaker and make committee assignments based on a 50-49 advantage.

Simonds thought she had won the November 7 race against Yancey, the incumbent, by one vote in a recount on December 19.

The day before the drawing, Simonds asked Yancey to agree to accept its results, but he declined. The voter also drew a single slash through the bubble for Simonds and picked Republican candidates in statewide races.

Another House of Delegates seat, District 28, is still in dispute: in the Fredericksburg area, a group of Democratic voters has asked a federal judge for a new election after a mix-up over district boundaries caused some voters to be assigned to the wrong districts. We hear over and over from Republicans about alleged voter fraud, but here is a case in which our Department of Elections has concluded that real, identifiable voters were actually disenfranchised.

However another race in Stafford County and Fredericksburg remains disputed and could alter the balance of power again.

But the next day, a three-judge panel ruled the race was a tie after deciding a ballot originally not counted that circled both Simonds and Yancey was intended for the Republican incumbent. A hearing regarding the request for a new election is scheduled for Friday in Alexandria.

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