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Control of Virginia's State House Could Be Decided by a Coin Toss

Control of Virginia's State House Could Be Decided by a Coin Toss

The Democratic wave that rose on Election Day in Virginia last month delivered a final crash on the sand Tuesday when a Democratic challenger defeated a Republican incumbent by a single vote, leaving the Virginia House of Delegates evenly split between the two parties.

For this week's nail-biting recount in Virginia, the State Board of Elections has yet to decide precisely when and through which game of chance the tie will be broken. Ms. Simonds took a victory lap early Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe".

House Democrats in a statement Wednesday said they are reviewing all legal options. "The Republicans themselves had affirmed that this result was accurate yesterday before changing their minds today".

A three-judge panel in Newport News, Virginia, ruled Wednesday that a previously uncounted vote challenged by Yancey's campaign should be counted as a vote for him, giving the candidates 11,608 votes apiece.

A race that had appeared to change the balance of power in Virginia's legislature was ruled a tie on Wednesday, setting the stage for the victor of the outstanding district to be chosen by lot, which could leave Republicans in the legislature's majority.

The two candidates in the 94th District, which includes Newport News in southeastern Virginia, are now tied at 11,608 votes. A City Council race in Idaho was decided by a coin toss in November, only to have the results reversed after a recount.

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That means the race is a tie. Will there be a coin toss? They looked at the paper ballot, which had the circles for both candidates darkened in, but a line through the circle for Democrat Shelly Simonds, and decided the voter who cast that decisive ballot intended for their vote to go to Republican David Yancey.

That their rematch was so close was seen as another example in Virginia of a rebuke to President Trump.

"Last night after the recount was completed, our team became aware of a question surrounding an uncounted ballot".

One year after a panel of three federal judges upheld Virginia's law requiring a photo ID to vote, the balance of power in Virginia's legislature rests on a single vote. "If the mood of the people shifts, then watch out", Mr. Hoskins said.

But amazingly, the margin of victory for Shelly Simonds was just one vote, reports NPR. Drawing lots is a insane way to choose a representative.

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