Judges Deny Democrat’s Request To Reconsider Tie In Virginia House Race

Shelly Simonds candidate for the 94th District of Del. David Yancy talks about the ballot recount Monday November 13, 2017 after the announcement that the provisional ballot count gave Yancy a 10 vote lead.
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A three-judge panel has rejected a request to reconsider its ruling on a recount in an election that could determine partisan control of the Virginia House.

The panel on Wednesday denied Democrat Shelly Simonds’ request to undo its decision to strip her of a one-vote victory she won after a dramatic recount of November’s election.

Her lawyers had argued that the judges committed legal errors, including counting a ballot for her Republican opponent after the recount ended.

Virginia elections officials plan to meet Thursday to randomly pick a winner in the contest.

If Simonds wins, the partisan split will be 50-50. If incumbent Del. David Yancey wins, Republicans will have a 51-49 majority.

The Newport News seat is not the only contested race. Democrats have filed a legal challenge in a close Fredericksburg-area race.