NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Republican control of Virginia's House of Delegates may be in peril now that a Democratic challenger seems to have won a recount.
Election officials in Newport News said Tuesday that Shelly Simonds beat incumbent Republican Del. David Yancey by 1 vote. The recounted votes still must be certified by a court Wednesday, although officials expected that no ballots would be challenged.
Virginia House of Delegates Republican leaders Kirk Cox, Todd Gilbert, Tim hugo and Nick Rush released the following statement on Tuesday:
"After a close recount it appears the citizens of the 94th District have elected Shelly Simonds to the Virginia House of Delegates, pending confirmation by a three judge panel. We congratulate Delegate-elect Simonds and welcome her to this historic body. We also thank Delegate David Yancey for his distinguished service."
Yancey had won the 94th District by just 10 votes in November. It was the slimmest margin among the four House races that sparked recounts. Two recounts remain in other districts.
November's elections had shrunk the Republicans' 66-34 majority in the House to a 51-49 edge. A Simonds victory would split party control at 50-50.
The parties may have to reach a power-sharing agreement to avoid chaos in the House.