Virginia Democrat loses bid to restore her victory, overturn tie

Virginia election officials will go ahead with a lottery-style drawing to determine the winner of a tied Virginia House of Delegates race, after a recount court on Wednesday rejected Democratic candidate Shelly Simonds’ challenge of a ruling that negated her one-vote victory over incumbent David Yancey. Republicans held onto a one-vote, 50-49 margin in the 100-seat state House after losing ground in November’s election, with the outcome of the race between Yancey and Simonds still undecided. If Simonds wins, the chamber will be split 50-50, stripping Republicans of their majority and forcing them to make a rare power-sharing deal with Democrats.

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