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And the winner is... Republican the victor after name drawn from bowl

07 January 2018, 09:25 | Terri Saunders

Republican wins tied Virginia House race after random drawing

Republican wins hotly contested Virginia race after name picked out of ceramic bowl

In a gaggle with reporters following the drawing, Simonds said that it was a "sad conclusion for me and the people of Virginia who needed Medicaid expansion, which was really on the line here".

Republican incumbent David Yancey was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates Thursday after his name was drawn from a bowl in an odd tie breaking measure mandated by an arcane state law.

Despite indicating earlier in the week that she would accept the result of the drawing, Simonds said Thursday that she's not conceding the race and will keep her options open. Mrs. Simonds sat nearby as James Alcorn, chairman of the state board of elections, dipped his hand into the bowl and drew out one canister. The odd electoral quirk is the product of a 1705 law that mandates an electoral tie be settled by a random lottery drawing.

Yancey is a three-term delegate trying to avoid the fate of more than a dozen of his House colleagues swept away on an Election Day tidal wave that obliterated the two-thirds Republican majority. Then, after drawing a canister, he announced: "The victor of House District 94 is David Yancey".

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The drawing of lots took place after an election, recount and legal battles between Yancey and Simonds ended in a tie. That would still allow Republicans to elect a speaker and make committee assignments based on a 50-49 advantage. The voter also drew a single slash through the bubble for Simonds and picked Republican candidates in statewide races. The election has been widely seen as a potential harbinger of the 2018 midterm congressional elections.

Simonds thought she had won the November 7 race against Yancey, the incumbent, by one vote in a recount on December 19.

The first scheduled drawing was canceled after Simonds asked the court to discard that ballot, arguing the voter's intentions were unclear. Republican Delegate David Yancey won the drawing.

On Dec. 20, after Yancey's campaign challenged a ballot they said went uncounted, a three-judge panel ruled that the single ballot was in fact a vote for him - making the race a tie.

. We hear over and over from Republicans about alleged voter fraud, but here is a case in which our Department of Elections has concluded that real, identifiable voters were actually disenfranchised.

The balance of power in the House could shift again because a lawsuit is pending over the results of another House race in Northern Virginia. Yet in House District 28, 147 voters were given the wrong ballot and were therefore disenfranchised from casting a vote in the district in which they live. Every vote should be counted and every vote should count. A hearing is set for Friday in federal court.

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