January 4, 2018 at 12:11 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Republicans to retain control of the Va. House of Delegates

David Yancey, gay news, Washington Blade

State Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News) (Photo courtesy of the Yancey campaign)

The Republicans will retain control of the Virginia House of Delegates after election officials on Thursday drew state Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News)’s name from a bowl to break the tie in his race against Democrat Shelly Simonds.

Simonds requested a recount after Yancey beat her in the 94th District by 10 votes.

Election officials last month said Simonds beat Yancey by an 11,608-11,607 vote margin. A three-judge panel that was expected to certify the results on Dec. 19 determined one of the ballots contained a vote for Yancey.

The Daily Press newspaper reported it remains unclear whether Simonds will request a recount.

The Republicans will have a 51-49 majority in the House of Delegates when the 2018 legislative session begins on Jan. 10.

A federal judge in Alexandria on Friday will hear oral arguments in a lawsuit that challenges the results of the election between Republican Bob Thomas and Democrat Joshua Cole in the 28th District after 147 voters in Stafford County and Fredericksburg received the wrong ballots. The Virginia House Democratic Caucus is seeking a new election in the contested race.

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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