Skip to comments.Democrat will not file contest for Va. House election redo
Posted on 12/26/2017 3:11:43 PM PST by COBOL2Java
WASHINGTON Democrat Joshua Cole will not contest his narrow election loss to Republican Bob Thomas, despite earlier indications that he was considering asking the House of Delegates for an election do-over.
Thomas won the 28th District race by 73 votes.
Cole had repeatedly raised concerns about the 147 total voters in the Stafford and Fredericksburg area who cast votes in the wrong races across the 28th, 88th and 2nd House districts because they were assigned to the wrong districts in a state voter registration database.
Cole, who had signaled he was strongly considering filing a contest, will instead continue to support the ongoing federal lawsuit filed by voters seeking a new election. The judge in that case had indicated at a previous hearing that while a new election may be the fairest outcome, it might be up to state law remedies like an election contest to make that happen. Thomas had asked for that lawsuit to be put on hold until after any such contest proceedings. A hearing in the lawsuit, including on the motion to stay, is scheduled for Jan. 5.
Any contest in the House would likely have come down to a largely party-line vote, and Democrats apparently believe the lawsuit may offer better odds.
The House is expected to be either evenly split or narrowly controlled by Republicans when it convenes Jan. 10, depending on the result of the 94th District race in Newport News.
That race remains up in the air after Democrat Shelly Simonds asked a court Tuesday to reconsider its finding that the race was a tie.
IT’S A REPUBLICAN WAVE!!!!
Yes, a new election - AFTER the voter registration rolls have been verified for accuracy...:^)
Because they realized they dont have the manpower to count and record the names at the closest cemetery to cheat.
Doubt this Dem will want a new election now that the tax cut has been passed. By the time the election happens people will be seeing the increase in their paychecks. Opps.
I thought that there was a tie...which could be broken by a Rat Party Lt Governor.Was there a recount?
Forget it now that people are watching. Too risky to cheat.
This is a different legislative race.
This race is for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates. The commie LtGov would break ties in the Virginia Senate.
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