Yesterday, we reported that the 94th House of Delegates District recount had awarded Democratic challenger Shelly Simonds a one-vote victory over incumbent Delegate David Yancey (R-Newport News). The result would have given the Democrats a 50-50 tie in the state House. Now, however, a three-judge panel reinstated a previously rejected vote in response to a Republican legal challenge, which means each candidate now records 11,608 votes. The tie-breaking result, and likely the House majority, will be decided by drawing lots from a hat. The State Board of Elections will schedule the procedure for a date in the near future. The race may not be over regardless of who wins the draw, however. The loser has the right to ask for another recount, and we can expect such to happen no matter who breaks this “tie.”
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