“If Democrat Simonds wins the seat incumbent Republican incumbent Yancey can immediately ask for a recount. Its not likely the recount will be completed when the House of Delegates convenes on January 10th. That means Republicans will have a one vote margin, 50-49, and be able to vote in their leadership team with Kirk Cox as Speaker of the House and Todd Gilbert as Majority Leader. All committee assignments are decided by the Speaker so Republicans will remain in control of the House of Delegates. Once a Speaker has been chosen it takes two-thirds of the House to remove him. “
Excellent strategy. I hope the Republicans have it firmly in mind!