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Virginia Democrat who lost in 2017 bid for a seat in the state house of delegates, in a random drawing after a draw is the projected winner of Tuesday’s election.
Shelly Simonds ousted their Republican opponent, Del. David Yancey reflect the 94th circle city, with 58 percent of the votes to Yancey’s 40 percent, and the projected Associated Press.
Democrats also took control of the state Senate on Tuesday for the first time in 25 years.
Virginia house of delegates candidate Shelly Simonds speaks to members of the press after a meeting of the Virginia State Board of elections in 2018. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Simonds won her third bid for the house of delegates in a rematch against the four-term Yancey, who was re-elected after a random drawing, to a tie vote in 2017. Both candidates had received 11,608 any votes in Newport News.District.
Simonds initially guided by a voice, but a recount and a court challenge found that both candidates received the same number of votes.
This year, the election featured harsh rhetoric between the progressive Simonds, a seven-year veteran of the Newport News School Board, and her GOP opponent, the daily press reported on Tuesday,.
She accused Yancey, as untrue as President Trump, while he blame her for the bad recording, of Newport News, the schools, depending on the publication.
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Simonds also ran on a gun control platform, promising gun legislation to introduce to crack down on firearms trafficking and increase the penalties for those who sell stolen guns or crimes.
She was one of several candidates supported by the former President Barack Obama.