The Virginia house on the line and Republican ahead, Dems ‘somehow’ pull off recount tie

Update: The election has now been tossed due to a dispute over a questionable ballot. No winner has been declared, and there will be a coin toss to determine a victor, which itself can be followed by a second recount.

Who says one vote can’t make a difference?

A single vote turned control of the Virginia House of Delegates over to Democrats for the first time in 17 years. But that only lasted one day as a court has now declared the Virginia House election tied, according to the Associated Press.

A vote recount in the Newport News district had flipped a seat in the House of Delegates giving Shelly Simonds a one-vote victory over Republican incumbent David Yancey by a count of 11,608 to 11,607, NPR reported.

(Photo by Julia Rendleman for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The Republican candidate started Election Day last month off with a lead but a recount in all precincts chipped away at the lead until only one vote somehow made the defining difference. But Yancey challenged an uncounted ballot, successfully getting it to be included in his total.

 

The winner of the tie will be determined “by lot” according to state law, AP reported, meaning Republicans would maintain power by one seat, 51-49 if Yancey is declared the winner. A power-sharing agreement would have to be put in place if Simonds wins.

(AP Photo/Ben Finley)

Republican leaders previously conceding the seat pending the court’s confirmation said in a statement that they were “ready to establish a bipartisan framework under which the House can operate efficiently and effectively over the next two years.”

Twitter users followed the breaking – and quick-changing turn of events on social media.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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