Democrat in Virginia House race asks to delay breaking tie

Lot draw to determine House control will be livestreamed

Lot draw to determine House control will be livestreamed

A lottery drawing to settle a tied Virginia legislative race that could shift the statehouse balance of power has been postponed, election officials in the US state said on Tuesday, after the Democrat candidate mounted a legal fight.

If Simonds were declared the victor in the 94th District in Newport News, it would split control of the legislature 50-50.

Last week, the same panel ruled a single ballot in the recount-originally tossed out-should go to Republican David Yancey, putting the vote at a tie.

The state was set to settle the election in a name drawing on Wednesday, but the Virginia Board of Elections has delayed the drawing until at least next week.

The outcome of this race will determine which party controls the House.

In her motion, Simonds asserts that the panel made a "clear legal error". "At the end of the day this is really about the integrity of elections in Virginia".

Now it's 51-49 in favor of Republicans. Simonds stands by results from Tuesday's recount (which had her winning by one vote). They believe that given more time to make their argument, they can convince the judges that the ballot in question should not have been counted.

During the hearing, Republican lawyers argued the line through Simonds' bubble was meant to cross off her name and vote for Yancey. "I am of the very strong opinion that the people of Newport News need to have a representative in the House of Delegates", she said. The person voted for Republicans in other state elections.

Before the November 7 general election, Virginia Republicans held 66 seats to the Democrats' 34 in the legislature, along with a majority in the state Senate. The GOP has a smaller, 21-to-19 edge in the state Senate, where tie votes can be broken by the incoming lieutenant governor, Democrat Justin Fairfax.

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