RICHMOND, Va. – As Democrats and Republicans continue partisan sharply Friday over a house seat, could see to break the balance of power in the Virginia house of delegates, state elections officials deadlock moved through the planning of a raffle to the winner to choose.
The Virginia Board of elections said it will the winner choose the name to Newport News-based 94th District next Thursday, unless a recount court decides to intervene.
The race between the Democrats Shelly Simonds, and Republicans Del. David Yancey has seesawed since Nov. 7 election. First of all, it seemed that Yancey had won with 10 votes, but a recount put Simonds ahead by a single vote.
A three-judge court to tell later in the race, said the Band, according to the agreement with the Yancey campaign, which was a controversial ballot, a vote for him. On Wednesday, Simonds requested the court to reconsider, but the panel has not yet responded.
The battle for the seat was so intense, as to how to keep the Republicans try to create a majority in the lower house after a bruising election in the Democrats deleted the 66-34 advantage held by the Republicans, as voters rage vented against the Republican President, Donald Trump.
During a conference call with reporters on Friday, house GOP leader Kirk Cox hopes to be the next speaker of the house criticized Democrats for the emergence of “politically motivated delays” in the decision on the 94. The District Race.
“Democrats have attempted to delay and obstruct at every corner,” Cox said.
“You have tried to litigate their way to victory.”
Cox called Simonds ” legal steps “deliberate strategy to organize it more difficult for the house smoothly,” when the legislature reconvenes on Jan. 10.
He said that, even if the drawn the name of the winner. Jan. 4, the house will not be able to accommodate the winner to the day of the opening of the session, if the loser calls for a recount. The Republicans a 50-49 majority, as the session opened.
Simonds, said Yancey is to blame for the delay.
“We will have to tell … it, and the next day, the Yancey team pulled a stunt. So this delay is directly on him,” she said on Friday.
If Simonds wins, ultimately, would be to split the house evenly, 50-50, between the Democrats and Republicans. If Yancey wins, the Republicans a 51-49 edge.
The state Board of elections had planned, to the winner to choose the name from a glass bowl on Wednesday, but moves the drawing to the Simonds filed their legal challenge.
The result is one of two house races still in the balance.
A dispute over ballots in a hard-fought race in the 28. District in Fredericksburg.