VA Dems Request Recounts In 2 House Districts GOP Holds Thin Leads In

James B. Alcorn, at right, chairman of The Virginia State Board of Elections certifies the results in the contested 28th and 88th House of Delegates Districts elections. Getting the nod in the 28th, Republican  Robert M. Thomas Jr. was selected to replace retiring GOP Speaker William J. Howell and in the 88th, incumbent Mark Cole (R-Spotsylvania) will return in January. At left is board member Edgardo Cortes and Vice-Chair Clara Bell Wheeler. The board met in Richmond, Virginia on Monday, November 27, 2017.
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Democrats have filed recount requests in two House of Delegates districts, and the challenges could determine partisan control of the chamber following elections that sharply reduced the GOP majority.

Democrats announced Wednesday they have asked for recounts in districts where Republicans hold razor-thin leads. One is in Northern Virginia and the other in Newport News.

A Democratic tidal wave earlier this month wiped out Republicans’ near supermajority in the House. The GOP currently holds a 51-49 House majority. Besides the two recount requests filed in court Wednesday, Democrats have filed a federal lawsuit over a close race in the Fredericksburg-area where election officials say several dozen voters were given the wrong ballot. That race could also head to a recount.

Recount results are expected to be completed next month.

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