A Single Vote Has Flipped Control Of Virginia's House Of Delegates

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Virginia Democrats picked up one more seat in the House of Delegates Tuesday after a recount in Newport News flipped the results of the November 7 election, according to unofficial recount results.

Shelly Simonds celebrating outside. The recounted votes still must be certified by a court Wednesday, although officials expected that no ballots would be challenged.

Republicans have a 51-49 advantage in the House of Delegates, so the race was crucial to determining the power dynamic in Richmond.

Of the 23,866 votes cast in the Newport News district on Election Day, Yancey held a tenuous lead of just 10 votes going into Tuesday's recount.

If it holds, the overturned result means that Democrats and Republicans would be deadlocked at 50 seats each in Virginia's House of Delegates, the state's lower chamber.

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But Simonds's win gives the Democrats an astounding 16 seats picked up in November's election, which should make the GOP very nervous at the national level. Democrats maintained control of the governor's mansion with the election of Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam.

Per Virginia election law, a candidate who lost by less than one percent of the vote may request a recount.

In the end, it came down to one vote. "Let's get this done". Two recounts remain in other districts. In a written statement, Kirk Cox, Todd Gilbert, Tim Hugo and Nick Rush wrote they are "ready to establish a bipartisan framework under which the House can operate efficiently and effectively over the next two years".

But Republicans in the House of Delegates did concede that they've lost their majority after Tuesday's recount.

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