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Virginia House Dems to vote on would-be speaker

21 December 2017

David Yancey by 1 vote.

A battle over one vote has left control of the Virginia House of Delegates up in the air - and headed for the winner's name to be drawn at random.

Simonds' victory is the capstone win of a wave election for the Democrats in the state of Virginia. The victor between Toscano and Plum will be the caucus' lead negotiator with Republicans as they discuss a possible power-sharing agreement, Toscano said. But on Wednesday, Republicans asked the judges to look at an uncounted vote for Yancey, and the panel agreed, bringing the race to a tie. Yancey went into the Tuesday recount with a ten-vote margin. Attorneys for Yancey said the campaign believes one ballot meant for him was not counted.

Now, the victor will be determined "by lot", according to state law, and that could mean pulling a name out of a hat, a coin toss - or drawing straws.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the ballot in question was "bubbled in" for both Simonds and Yancey but also crossed out through Simonds' bubble. In the Alabama US Senate election earlier this month, a potentially decisive share of voters wrote in candidates in a race that saw Democrat Doug Jones defeat Republican Roy Moore.

"I want to thank the voters who came out on November 7", Simonds said today. The Republicans' commanding 66-34 majority in the House sank to 51-49.

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After an election recount that appears to give them a tying vote in their chamber, Virginia House Democrats plan to meet Wednesday to select a would-be speaker.

A fourth recount in the Fairfax County-centered 40th District confirmed the victor as incumbent Del.

The caucus vote comes after a day after Democrats appear to have secured a 50-50 tie in the lower chamber with a one-vote election victory after a recount in a Newport News House district.

He tells The Associated Press, "We're now 50-50".

A Democratic challenger is set to score a one-vote victory Wednesday barring any last minute challenges or hiccups with the certification process.

"I knew it was going to be a roller coaster ride and the counts were going to change and votes were going to shift around. but I had faith in the system and final outcome", said Simonds, who stayed off Twitter to avoid anxiety. A recount for that race is scheduled to begin tomorrow, but the fact that at least 147 voters were given the wrong ballots in that contest - prompting the request for a new election - is considered a bigger factor.

Virginia House Dems to vote on would-be speaker