Recount Decided By One Vote Eliminates Republican Majority in Virginia House

The old saying "every vote counts" may never have been more true than in Virginia Tuesday.

"We are one vote closer to expanding Medicaid and extending access to affordable health care to almost 400,000 people", they wrote.

After a recount that included absentee ballots, Democrat Shelly Simonds emerged victorious over Republican incumbent David Yancey in the state's 94th District, 11,608 votes to 11,607.

"We are ecstatic to welcome Shelly Simonds to our caucus", House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring said in the release. Instead, Democrats stormed to victory.

The fallout from a neatly split House of Delegates will, however, be far from a clean affair. Simonds' victory in House District 94 would tie the Democrat and Republican composition of the House of Delegates - 50 to 50, breaking Republicans' long hold on control.

But Republicans in the House of Delegates did concede that they've lost their majority after Tuesday's recount.

A three-judge panel must formally certify the recount vote, which is slated for Wednesday.

Republicans still hold a 21-19 majority in the State Senate.

Going into Election Day, Republicans had controlled 66 of the chamber's 100 seats and suffered major losses in suburban districts around the state.

Two more recounts are scheduled this week in the Fredericksburg area's 28th District and the Richmond region's 68th District. That would require a power-sharing agreement between the parties, a situation not seen in Virginia since the 1990's. Tim Hugo, a member of the House Republican leadership team.


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