In a historical legislative recount, Democrat Shelly Simonds wins the 94th district seat in the Commonwealth of Virginia’s House of Delegates seat by one vote, providing a civics lesson in why every vote matters.
According to The Washington Post, the final tally was 11,608 votes for Simonds, and 11,607 votes for Republican Delegate David Yancey. In the initial count, Simonds was behind by 10 votes before Tuesday’s recount. Under Virginia law, a losing candidate may request a recount if the vote differential is less than one percentage points cast for those two candidates.
Virginia Republicans released a statement Tuesday afternoon conceding the race after the “close recount.”
Republican Virginia Delegate David Yancey started the day with a 10-vote lead. As each precinct was recounted, that lead dwindled away. The final result: A single-vote victory for Democratic challenger Shelly Simonds. https://t.co/lu3G0BLa5Z
— NPR (@NPR) December 20, 2017
The results are due to be certified by a three-judge panel, after which the Virginia House of Delegates will fall out of Republican control for the first time in nearly two decades.
Simonds’ victory means that the legislative body is tied 50-50 between Virginia Democrats and Republicans, with neither party controlling Virginia’s House of Delegates. Republicans still narrowly control the state Senate. The split will mean both parties must craft a power-sharing agreement, which will include committee assignments and who is elected speaker of the House.
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