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Recount: one-vote victory means 50-50 House of Delegates split

Recount: one-vote victory means 50-50 House of Delegates split

Election officials recounted the votes in the 94th district in the House of Delegates Tuesday.

Going into the November elections, Republicans enjoyed an nearly 2-1 majority in the House of Delegates, with a 66-34 edge over Democrats.

According to her candidate Facebook page, her campaign filed a request for a recount in Newport News Circuit Court on November 29.




A Democrat led in one other district with all votes in, but by less than a one-percentage point margin: the 68th, where it is 326.

Virginia Democrats have declared victory after victory in 2017. The recount still has to be certified by a three-judge panel, which will likely happen on Wednesday. The Democrats said there were no challenged ballots and do not expect any changes after the results are finalized by the court.

Democrats in Virginia appear to have ended the Republican majority in the House of Delegates after a recount found that one Democratic candidate defeated a GOP incumbent by a single vote. The unofficial final results are: 11,608 for Simonds, 11,607 for Yancey. With the parties split 50-50, there is no mechanism to break ties and any legislation short of 51 votes does not advance. But an anti-Trump suburban wave helped transform a 66-34 Republican advantage into a deadlock, as well as delivering an eight-point victory for Democratic Ralph Northam in the governor's race. The tie would usher in a a power-sharing arrangement in which the two sides would negotiate committee chairs and a House Speaker. Republican will continue to control the state senate with a narrow 21-19 majority.

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