NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC)-- Newport News residents will now have to wait another six days before learning who the winner is in the 94th House District.
As of Thursday, following the admission of one contested voter ballot, there are two candidates, but still no winner. David Yancey and Shelly Simonds are tied at 11,608 apiece.
That's about to change on December 27.
The final decision will be completely random, with names drawn.
If Yancey wins, the Republican Party will retain a 51-49 advantage and keep control of the House of Delegates.
If Simonds wins were to win there will be a 50-50 tie, and and Democrats and Republicans will have to operate under a rare and no doubt awkward power sharing arrangement.
"The fact that this still could be a 50-50 House of Delegates, given that the Republicans had a 66-seat majority before the election, the idea that the center of the political universe would be in the 94th District. The idea whether that 50-50 balance was going to hinge on one person's vote, you just couldn't script a political drama any better than this," said Christopher Newport University Political Science Professor Quentin Kidd.
Kidd said even this might not be the end of it.
"I haven't heard this but Democrats could pursue legal action to try to change what's happening here," he said.
The big drawing will happen, Wednesday, December 27th at 11 a.m. in the Patrick Henry building in Richmond.
Meanwhile, late Thursday more than 24 hours after the Circuit Court decision, Simonds finally spoke.
She tweeted that she was "stunned" by yesterday's certification, adding: "It was unfair that we couldn't contest ballots but they were allowed to."
Still stunned by the decision yesterday. My team played by the rules of the recount from the court order but Yancey did not. It was unfair that we couldn’t contest ballots but they were allowed to.— Shelly Simonds (@shelly_simonds) December 21, 2017
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