WATCH LIVE: Virginia officials pick winner in key House of Delegates contest

PUBLISHED Thu, January 04, 2018 - 11:00am EST

UPDATE: This live event has ended. Republican David Yancey has been re-elected by drawing.

Officials in Virginia will randomly choose a winner in the 94th district for the Virginia House of Delegates. The election in November ended in a tie between Republican David Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds. The names of Yancey and Simonds will both be put into separate film canisters, which are then placed into a glass bowl and shaken up. A board member will then pull one canister out and announce the winner.

The election in the 94th district is a crucial one. The Republican Party went into the election with a 66 to 34 majority in the Virginia House, but Democrats surprisingly succeeded in picking up 15 seats. The result of the 94th district will either keep the Republican majority or force a rare power-sharing agreement between Democrats and Republicans.

- Richmond Times-Dispatch






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