Virginia Republicans will retain their control of the state House of Delegates after incumbent GOPDel. David E. Yancey held his 94th District seat after defeating Democrat Shelly Simonds in a rare random drawing Thursday in Richmond. After several recounts election officials said the November vote was an exact tie, with the GOP’s 18-year control of the state’s lower house hanging in the balance. The race literally came down to the luck of the draw and Mr. Yancey’s name was pulled out of a blue ceramic bowl by a member of the Virginia State Board of Elections, ending at least for now a political saga that started to unfold after Democrats made stunning gains in the November election, which was widely viewed as a rebuke of President Trump. “The winner of House District 94 is David Yancey,” said James Alcorn, chair of the state board of elections. It was much needed good news for Republicans who had seen their 17-seat majority in the House of Delegates the House of Delegates whittled down to a single seat and a bitter pill to swallow for Democrats who have served in the minority since the 1999 election. With Democrat Ralph Northam winning the governorship, Democrats were on the verge of seizing a much bigger share of power in Richmond. The last time a tie was decided by “lot” in Virginia was for a House of Delegates seat in 1971, but this tie-breaker was seen as more crucial because control of the chamber was up for grabs. “As everybody knows voting is the civic sacrament of democracy and this election has certainly shown the importance of every vote and the power of one single vote,” Mr. Alcorn said minutes before pulling Mr. Yancey’s name. “This election certainly will be a reminder for everybody that every vote counts and we encourage all eligible Virginians to participate in elections.” Mrs. Simonds attended the event. Mr. Yancey did not. The drawing came a day after a three-judge panel in Newport News refused to reconsider the decision it made regarding a contested ballot, paving the way for the high-profile tie-breaker. “This election has certainly shown the importance of every vote and the power of one single vote,” Mr. Alcorn said minutes before pulling Mr. Yancey’s name.
Crazy.. Next time someone says, “my vote doesn’t matter,”…have them read this. To see a video of the drawing of Mr. Yancey’s name, click on the text above.