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A Virginia judge denied Democrat Shelly Simonds' request on Wednesday to re-evaluate its decision that the House of Delegates race in November was a tie, meaning the outcome of the race will be determined by a random drawing.
Simonds is unable to appeal the decision and the state Board of Elections will convene on Thursday to select either Simonds or her Republican challenger, incumbent David Yancey, to represent the 94th District.
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However, it is possible that even if Simonds wins and the House is evenly split by a 50-50 margin that Republicans would pick a GOP speaker. The candidate who loses the drawing is permitted to request another recount, which would probably not conclude before Jan. 10, when the legislature convenes for the first day of the 2018 General Assembly session.
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As a result, neither Simonds or Yancey would be seated, meaning the GOP would have a 50-49 majority when selecting a speaker.
Simonds initially indicated...
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