A circuit court judge in Virginia has declared a tie in the Virginia delegates race thought to be won by a single vote yesterday after a “questionable” ballot cast in favor of the Republican incumbent came to light.
As reported by The Washington Post, the “three-judge panel declined to certify the recount of a key House race today, saying that a questionable ballot should be counted in favor of the Republican.”
“The court declares there is no winner in this election,” Circuit Court Judge Bryant L. Sugg said.
“In the case of a tie in a House race,” the report continues, “state law says the winner is chosen by lot – essentially, a coin toss, according to Virginia state law.”
If either candidate is dissatisfied with the coin toss result, they can request a second recount.
Simonds’ apparent win made national headlines yesterday after the recount initially put her one vote ahead of Yancey — a win that would have ended the GOP’s 18-year majority rule in the Virginia House of Delegates.
You can read the Virginia Code for deciding a tied election below: