David Yancey, Republican, to take seat in Virginia State House of Delegates as Shelly Simonds, Democrat, concedes tied race

Jan. 11, 2018: Less than an hour before the Virginia State House of Delegates was scheduled to convene yesterday, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, Shelly Simonds, Democrat, announced that she had conceded to Del. David E. Yancey, Republican, in the Newport News, Va.-area 94th District, where the two candidates finished with exactly 11,608 votes each. Under state law, Simonds may have had the option to seek a second recount after losing last week's tie-breaking random drawing. House Republican leaders had said they would not seat Yancey if Simonds asked for another recount, but Simonds had been tight-lipped about whether she would pursue the option. In a series of Twitter posts, Simonds said she conceded to Yancey because she saw no "legal pathways forward" and wanted the 94th District to have representation "today." "I just tried to make a personal phone call to him and would like to ask him to vote for Medicaid expansion," Simonds said on Twitter. The tied election in the 94th District created drama in the run-up to the General Assembly session, but it appears the drama wouldn’t extend to opening day. "We fully expect Delegate Yancey to take his seat and be sworn in today [Jan. 10, 2018]," said Parker Slaybaugh, a Spokesman for Del. Kirk Cox, a Colonial Heights Republican who was appointed as the State House Speaker yesterday, Jan. 10.

Attribution: The Richmond Times-Dispatch

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