Republican David Yancey will keep his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates after the November election resulted in a perfect tie.
Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds received a lot of media attention when their election resulted in a 11,607–11,607 tie. Initially, Yancey came out a mere 10 votes ahead. After a recount, Simonds pulled ahead of Yancey by one vote. At that point it seemed like Democrats might snag the crucial chair, but Republicans countered by challenging a single vote cast for Simonds.
To resolve the issue, local officials did something pretty unorthodox: they drew names out of a bucket. More specifically, they drew names out of a "special bowl crafted by the resident potter at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts," but the results were the same.
So the dem wins, they steal the victory, then "randomly" select the republican. What a joke!— Desert City (@JimStevo11) January 4, 2018
The loser of the drawing may request a second recount, but Simonds pledged beforehand that she would not ask for one should she lose the drawing.
Though the most recent election cycle saw the Republicans' 66-seat majority shrink to a mere 51, it would seem they still control the Virginia House of Delegates. Democrats in the area are surely frustrated that a single vote stood between them and a tie in the state capitol.
I am shocked, shocked that a Democratic woman could receive the most votes and still a Republican man gets the job.— Dave (@WFDave) January 4, 2018
Well, not all that shocked.