Virginia House Dems to vote on would-be speaker

After Recount 1 Vote Could Alter Power in Va. House

If a three-judge panel accepts Simonds as the victor on Wednesday, the House could have a 50-50 split which could force a power sharing arrangement. "Just one vote has cleared the way for Democrats in the commonwealth to advance a progressive agenda that puts Virginia families first", Perez said in a statement released Tuesday evening. According to the Post, legislation in the house requires 51 votes to pass, and there is no mechanism to break ties.

However two other recounts will decide the final tally for the 28th District in Stafford County and Fredericksburg and the 68th District in Richmond. A victory for the Democrat would split control of the House of Delegates 50-50 and end Republican control of the chamber, while a victory for the Republican would mean the GOP would continue in the majority.

Now, the election will be determined "by lot" by the Virginia State Board of Elections.

The parties may have to reach a power-sharing agreement to avoid chaos in the House.

The Dec. 19 recount, which left Simonds with 11,608 votes compared to incumbent Del.

Control of the Virginia state House of Delegates is still up for grabs as Republicans appear to have lost a 16-seat majority with a one-vote defeat in a dramatic recount election. David Yancey's 11,607, prompted renewed discussion about a rare power-sharing agreement that would need to be forged between the two parties in the coming weeks.

The recounted votes still must be certified by a court on Wednesday. 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.

Election officials in Newport News on Tuesday will rescan ballots cast in the 94th District. David Yancey presented a letter written by the official to a three-judge panel Wednesday.

A three-judge panel declined to certify the recount of a key House race today, saying that a questionable ballot should be counted in favor of the Republican and tying a race that Democrats had thought they had won by a single vote.

"I want to thank the voters who came out on November 7", Simmonds said Tuesday following the recount.

In a recount today, Democrat Shelly Simonds emerged a single vote ahead of Republican incumbent Del. "There weren't any ballots going to the judges", Simonds said, adding with a laugh: "You can call me landslide Shelly as long as you call me delegate".

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