After a nearly 8-hour process that included a media challenge Thursday, the victory margin between Delegate-elect Bob Thomas and challenger Joshua Cole narrowed only slightly.
A court has now declared a tie in a House of Delegates election that appeared to have gone to a Democrat by one vote the day before. The new development is the latest in a high-stakes race that could help determine which of the two major political parties control the chamber, or if the sides must broker a power-sharing agreement.
A three-judge panel officially declared the 94th District in Newport News as tied at 11,608 to 11,608 Wednesday (12/20). The certification came a day after a recount appeared to give Democrat Shelly Simonds the victory over Republican Del. David Yancey.
The Congressional Office of Compliance has denied a request from Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine for details on tax-payer funded settlements paid out on behalf of senators or staff members accused of sexual harassment.
Update 12/21/2017: Tie Vote Declared in Virginia's 94th House District
Following what many called a “wave election” in November, Democrats appear to have flipped a 16th House of Delegates seat thanks to a recount in Newport News. Saraya Wintersmith reports the new result means the chamber is now evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.
The Virginia House of Delegates is now split 50/50, as the result of a Democrat win by one vote in a recount today (12/19) in Newport News.