Virginia Republicans got away with another election after GOP incumbent David Yancey won a “lot draw” in the race for Virginia’s House of Delegates Thursday, giving Republicans control of the chamber.
The Virginia Board of Elections used the draw to settle the 11,608-to-11,608 tie between Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds for the seat.
James Alcorn, the chairman of the board of elections, drew a film canister with Yancey’s name out of a blue and white ceramic bowl.
After the lot draw, Simonds did not rule out seeking a second recount, saying “all options are still on the table.”
“At this moment, I am not conceding,” she said. A spokeswoman for the state’s House Democratic caucus said a statement on the next steps for Democrats is coming later Thursday.
Still, Alcorn, a Republican, said that Yancey is now certified as the winner.
Yancey’s “win” gives Republicans a 51-49 majority and continued control of the House — allowing them to stymie Democrat Ralph Northam, who won November’s governor’s race. A Simonds win would have forced the parties to share power in the House.
It was the second attempt to hold the lot drawing. The first effort, scheduled for December, was canceled when Simonds asked a court to toss out a questionable ballot it had previously decided to count for Yancey, resulting in the tie. The conservative court rejected Simonds’ motion on Wednesday.