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Va Dem Simonds Asking Courts to Name Her Winner by Recount

Va Dem Simonds Asking Courts to Name Her Winner by Recount
Virginia Democrat Shelly Simonds reacts to edging out her challenger by a mere one vote in a recount. (Joe Fudge/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 December 2017 04:29 PM

Democrat Shelly Simonds, who is locked in a tied race for a Virginia House of Delegates seat, will ask the Newport News Circuit Court on Wednesday to declare her the winner, according to The Virginian-Pilot.

Lawyers for Simonds are hoping to stave off a name-drawing scheduled for Wednesday that will decide the race and, which party controls the chamber.

Republican incumbent David Yancey appeared to beat Simonds in the 94th District Race by 10 votes on Election Day, but a Dec. 19 recount left Simonds ahead by one vote.

A court decision "could moot the need for the Board to hold the drawing at all," Simonds' lawyers wrote in a letter to Board of Elections Chairman Jim Alcorn, according to the Pilot.

Ezra Reese, Simonds' lawyer, said the motion would be dropped if the drawing, which takes place at 11 a.m. ET, goes on and Simonds wins. But Simonds in a conference call with reporters said "at the end of the day, this is really about the integrity of elections in Virginia," and if recounts continue to play out the same way, results would become a "revolving spiral of courtroom filings."

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 04:29 PM
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