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Democrat Shelly Simonds wins Virginia House seat by 1 vote, ending GOPís 17-year majority
The Virginian-Pilot ^ | December 19, 2017 | Jordan Pascale

Posted on 12/19/2017 3:51:33 PM PST by Coronal

Every vote matters.

Canvassers say that to you when they knock on your door and call your phone before Election Day.

But contests rarely come down to a single vote.

Tuesday was an exception.

Democrat Shelly Simonds picked up 11 votes in a stunning day-long recount to upset Republican incumbent Del. David Yancey in the 94th House District Race,

11,608 to 11,607.

The recount changes the complexion of the Virginia House of Delegates as Republicans and Democrats split the chamber 50 members to 50 members and ushers in a new era of politics in the General Assembly, which begins its session Jan. 10.

Republicans have controlled the chamber for 17 years.

Simonds' win also sets of waves of ramifications not seen since 1998, the last time the House had a split power agreement.

"They've been so excited to get me up there," Simonds said of her Democratic colleagues minutes after the results were announced.

Kirk Cox, the Republican leader who was set to become Speaker in 2018, congratulated Simonds in a press statement.

"The responsibilities of the House of Delegates as an institution transcend party labels, and our obligations to govern this Commonwealth remain," Cox and other Republican leaders wrote in the statement. "As we have said for the last six weeks, we are committed to leading and governing alongside our colleagues."

Gov.-elect Ralph Northam said in a tweet: "Every vote matters — congratulations Shelly Simonds. Looking forward to partnering with you to make life better for every Virginian, no matter who you are, no matter where you live."

(Excerpt) Read more at pilotonline.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: onevote; va2017; vageneralassembly; voterfraud
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1 posted on 12/19/2017 3:51:33 PM PST by Coronal
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To: Coronal

Oh, really? I find that hard to believe.


2 posted on 12/19/2017 3:52:13 PM PST by WashingtonSource
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To: Coronal

Minor leagues. Who cares?


3 posted on 12/19/2017 3:52:32 PM PST by DIRTYSECRET (urope. Why do they put up with this.)
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To: Coronal

...and of course this means Democrats have an overwhelming mandate to expand gun control, abortions and sodomite activity.


4 posted on 12/19/2017 3:53:57 PM PST by Angels27
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To: WashingtonSource

I am sure that there are several fraudulent votes that will be found in short order...enough to tip the scales back to the Republican


5 posted on 12/19/2017 3:54:15 PM PST by Be Careful
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To: Coronal

Amazing how it’s always the Democrat that picks up votes in a recount, finds late ballots, or has the counties that counts last...puke.


6 posted on 12/19/2017 3:54:47 PM PST by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: Coronal

Virginia is a lost cause.


7 posted on 12/19/2017 3:55:28 PM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: Coronal

A stunning day long recount resulted in additional votes for a Democrat? This is stunning.......

Sarcasm........


8 posted on 12/19/2017 3:55:39 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: DIRTYSECRET

"...Minor League. Who cares?..."


All conservatives should care.
We should not be leaving anything to chance.


9 posted on 12/19/2017 3:55:48 PM PST by Blue Jays ( Rock hard ~ Ride free)
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To: Coronal

This may be Virginia’s only hope to reverse course. We expect the dc suburbs to be commie but too many southern Virginians have fallen for the BS. Pass some crazy stuff and we’ll get a swing back in our direction. If not, the state deserves what it gets.


10 posted on 12/19/2017 3:57:41 PM PST by ilgipper
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To: Be Careful

The recount is done. That’s it.


11 posted on 12/19/2017 3:58:41 PM PST by Coronal
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To: Coronal

Probably are uncounted military absentee ballots, those bundled masses waiting to be counted correctly and free.


12 posted on 12/19/2017 3:59:26 PM PST by Billyv (Freedom isn't Free! Get off the sidelines!)
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To: Blue Jays

That bastard Terry M vetoed every measure to stop the voter fraud so this is. O surprise


13 posted on 12/19/2017 3:59:47 PM PST by gibsonguy
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To: Coronal

They can’t look for fraud? Is a challenge and recount the same thing?


14 posted on 12/19/2017 4:00:13 PM PST by Kenny
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To: Coronal

Dims ALWAYS win recounts, as they ALWAYS find a couple ballots in a closet, or a car trunk, or some other such shenanigan.


15 posted on 12/19/2017 4:03:20 PM PST by ought-six (Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Angels27

“...and of course this means Democrats have an overwhelming mandate to expand gun control, abortions and sodomite activity.”

Yup.


16 posted on 12/19/2017 4:03:56 PM PST by ought-six (Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: Coronal

RECOUNT!!!


17 posted on 12/19/2017 4:06:23 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor
#6: "Amazing how it’s always the Democrat that picks up votes in a recount, finds late ballots, or has the counties that counts last"

More amazing is that it is something the MSM has never noticed. Voter fraud? How dare you question the outcome! Racist! Racist! Racist!

This question is easily decided. It is very basic statistics. There is enough data over the last 20 years to allow a pretty strong analysis:

"Can these outcomes be ascribed to purely random events, or is there some other force at play?"

18 posted on 12/19/2017 4:06:42 PM PST by Governor Dinwiddie (CNN is fake news.)
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To: WashingtonSource

Right? DEMs always windup recounting and recounting so they win by one or two ..see Franken... that pig.


19 posted on 12/19/2017 4:09:43 PM PST by snarkytart
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To: ilovesarah2012

Isn’t Virginia a suburb of Washington D.C.


20 posted on 12/19/2017 4:11:22 PM PST by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.L)
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