GOP Comes Out Ahead In Toss-Up Virginia Election

Republican wins hotly contested Virginia race after name picked out of ceramic bowl

"Therefore, for me, all options are still on the table", she 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.

Democrat Shelly Simonds, who sat next to her family and watched as James Alcorn, the Chairman of the Board of Elections, announced her opponent's name to a packed room inside the Patrick Henry Room in Richmond's Capitol Square, did not concede in the aftermath of the drawing, leaving open the possibility of an additional recount.

The drawing of lots Thursday drew quite a crowd at the Virginia elections board meeting.

Virginia Republican David Yancey is the victor of a tie-breaking drawing for a House of Delegates seat, a result that appears to allow Republicans to barely hang on to control of the chamber. Yancey's win allows Republicans to maintain a slim majority in the House, though a final tally is still uncertain. That's because Republican David Yancey skipped the drawing, while Democratic challenger Shelley Simonds and many of her supporters absorbed it in stunned silence.

Republicans have controlled the state House since the 1999 elections and the state Senate since just after the 1997 elections.

Yancey, who did not attend the random drawing ceremony, said in a statement that he looked forward to getting back to work.

With Yancey's win today, the House will be at 51 Republicans, 49 Democrats, allowing Republicans to likely hold onto their control of House committees. The election has been widely seen as a potential harbinger of the 2018 midterm congressional elections. Republicans also control the state Senate, while the governor is a Democrat. Then Simonds believed she had won the race by one vote the day ballots were recounted.

Simonds could choose to ask for another recount of the original ballots, though observers from both parties acknowledge it would likely be hard to convene another recount panel in time for the Virginia General Assembly to convene on January 10 in Richmond.

Yancey is not expected to be seated when the legislature reconvenes on January 10 should Simonds request a recount. The voter also drew a single slash through the bubble for Simonds and picked Republican candidates in statewide races. But voters filed a federal lawsuit after at least 147 ballots were found to be assigned to the wrong districts.

The drawing broke the 11,608-to-11,608 tie between Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds, who is entitled by law to request a second recount.

The ballot wasn't counted during the recount and was identified after a Republican election official raised concerns the following day.

However another race in Stafford County and Fredericksburg remains disputed and could alter the balance of power again. Democrat Joshua Cole lost to Republican Bob Thomas by 73 votes in a recount. A hearing regarding the request for a new election is scheduled for Friday in Alexandria.

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