Democrat Shelly Simonds reacts to the news that they won the 94. District districts by one vote, after trailing incumbent David Yancey out of ten votes after the election, after a recount on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Hampton, Va. (Joe Fudge/The daily press via AP)
The recount was a race of four planned house, ended with extremely tight margins. The 94th had a difference of district is by far the thinnest voice, and the greatest chance of flipping.
Last Week, Republican Del. Tim Hugo held his seat in Fairfax County after a recount, had a marginal impact on its 100-plus-vote lead. Two more to be told, be made on Wednesday and Thursday for districts in and around Richmond and Fredericksburg.
If Democrats and Republicans eventually find themselves evenly divided, chaotic dynamics can unfold. The parties will have to compromise, only to choose a speaker and assigning Committee chairs.
The last time Virginia the house was evenly divided, 20 years ago, when the parties reached a power-sharing agreement. But if no agreement can be reached, renewed chaos could arise.
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“Politics is much more partisan today than the last time we were in a similar situation,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. “It is probably a recipe for a standstill.”
Speaking of lunch, long before the recount ended, Simonds said she was optimistic that lawmakers could find to do the compromises and things to do in Richmond, despite a divided chamber.
“I’m an optimistic person,” she said. “We can work with the Republicans.”
She cites similarities such as increasing teacher pay, the extension of maternity leave, state employees, and reform of the criminal code, would lead to less people in prison.
The recount is the first to reflect the results of the Virginia house race in at least 20 years, according to the Virginia Public Access project.
Quentin Kidd, a political science professor at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, said the district was far less affected than Northern Virginia by the wave of sentiment against President Donald Trump.
The shaft had districts, swept by the Northern Virginia and galvanized college-educated voters, particularly women, who often skip off-year elections. But the watermark was lower.
“What is the square root of the wave? Trump and women,” Kidd said. “If you think about the typical working-class voters in this district, you might not be so enthusiastic about this intersection.”
The 94th district follows the James River along the Western part of Newport News, a city with a large minority of the population, and a huge shipyard that builds boats, aircraft carriers and submarines.
During the election campaign, the candidates focused on local issues, such as education. Simonds took a stand against private school vouchers. Yancey called for wage increases for teachers. Both came along the usual political lines of conflict on the expansion of Medicaid in Virginia.
In the meantime, two more are planned to be told in Virginia.
The democratic Challenger leads by 336 votes in the 68th house district in and around Richmond, where the ballots will begin to count on Wednesday.
Ballot recounts in Fredericksburg area Fredericksburg area for the 28th District on Thursday. The Republican candidate has run an 82-vote. But Democrats have been asked to contact a judge, a new choice to a minimum of 147 ballots were to be applied to the wrong parts of the city.