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Live Blog: Simonds vs. Yancey Recount Underway with Control of Virginia House of Delegates at Stake [UPDATE: Simonds Wins by 1!]


The court-supervised recount in Virginia’s HD-94, where Democrat Shelly Simonds trailed Republican incumbent Del. David Yancey by just 10 votes after election day, began at 8 am this morning.  Currently, Democrats have 49 seats and Republicans have 51, so if we flip HD-94, we’re at 50-50 in the House of Delegates and some sort of negotiated power-sharing arrangement. So…as Joe Biden might say, this is a big f’ing deal! LOL Please use this as an open thread to post anything you’re hearing. I’ll update as I get information.  Thanks.

P.S. Note that there are 24 precincts in HD-94.

  • Chris

    Tense stuff!

  • From the (very happy) VA House Dems:


    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Virginia House Democratic Caucus today congratulated Delegate-elect Shelly Simonds on her one-vote victory over incumbent Delegate David Yancey follow a recount in HD-94:

    “We are ecstatic to welcome Shelly Simonds to our Caucus,” said House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring. “Shelly ran a fierce campaign focused on education and access to affordable health care. We are one vote closer to expanding Medicaid and extending access to affordable health care to nearly 400,000 people. Let’s get this done.”

    “I want to thank the voters who came out on Nov. 7,” said Delegate-elect Shelly Simonds. “This victory is 100 percent their victory because it wouldn’t have happened without their participation. What a difference this is from 2015 when I ran before. Everyone came out and we rocked this town. I want to thank everyone who supported us over the course of this campaign. Whether it was knocking on doors, posting on social media or donating a few dollars, it all made a difference and added up to an amazing outcome on election day. I am so grateful to live in such a vibrant city like Newport News where people are so engaged. I’m just so grateful to the voters, you guys made history.”

    The results will be finalized following a meeting of the Circuit Court tomorrow. However, there were no challenged ballots so nothing for the court to review. The Newport News Board of Elections announced the one-vote victory today.

    • True Blue

      A Washington Post commenter said – “poetic justice” since we now have 50-50 split in the House of Delegates even though Democratic statewide vote totals were 54%. Next, the court’s decision on split district mistakes!

      • If I’m not mistaken, Northam actually won 58 HoD districts…

        • True Blue

          Thanks for numbers! I’m looking forward to seeing the House doing job-sharing! This win bodes well for finally getting positive things done and undoing the horrible gerrymandering down the road. It was fun finding out results of HoD 94 from you first, then watching the news break. Most of all, I look forward to galas, especially Herring’s.

  • STATEMENT: DPVA Chairwoman Susan Swecker on Delegate-Elect Shelly Simonds Victory

    Richmond, Va. — Today, Democratic Party of Virginia Chairwoman Susan Swecker released the following statement on Shelly Simonds’ win in HD-94:

    “Christmas came early today for Virginia Democrats! Today’s results should strike fear into the heart of every Republican on the ballot next year. By running on a platform of expanding health care and providing a great public education to all, Shelly not only won the support of her community — she ended 17 years of Republican control in the general Assembly.”


    RICHMOND – This afternoon, Senate Democratic Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax) and Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) issued the following statement congratulating Delegate-Elect Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News) on her victory this afternoon in the hotly contested recount in Virginia’s 94th House District:

    “Voting matters, and the people of Newport News have spoken. We would like to congratulate and welcome our newest colleague, Delegate-Elect Shelly Simonds. The results of this afternoon’s recount in HD94 represent the final indicator in a seismic shift in who Virginians want to having representing them in the House of Delegates. We know that whatever happens next we must put partisan politics aside once and for all. The interests of everyday, hardworking Virginians must come first – now and always. We look forward to working with all of our colleagues on common sense solutions that will extend health coverage to nearly 400,000 Virginians, expand access to education and to workforce development programs statewide, and ensure ever-greater economic security for our friends and neighbors across our great Commonwealth.”

  • From House Dem Leader Toscano:

    With the election of Shelly Simonds today, the Virginia House of Delegates begins one of the most significant periods in its almost 400 year history, as Democrats and Republicans will arrive next session with 50 delegates each.

    We now have a great opportunity to share power in ways that will improve the lives of our constituents and advance the interests of this Commonwealth. Democrats look forward to working with our Republican colleagues to build this system of power sharing and govern in a way that will make Virginians proud. Let’s work together to do this.

  • old_redneck

    Can I get a big YEEEEEEHAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • EMILY’s List on Shelly Simonds’ Victory, Democrats Gaining Split Control of Virginia House of Delegates

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released the following statement on endorsed candidate Shelly Simonds winning her recount by one vote and achieving split control for Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates.

    “Because of the commitment and hard work of Shelley Simonds and the 11 other EMILY’s List-endorsed candidates who flipped seats from red to blue, Virginia women, children, and working families will have strong allies fighting for them and making change in Richmond,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock.

    “All across Virginia, voters sent a message to the Republican Party and the entire country this year when they sent a history-making number of women to the House of Delegates. By adding Shelly’s leadership – which was secured by one crucial vote – these women have ended 17 years of Republican control, and their voices will impact progress around health care, education, and infrastructure for years to come. EMILY’s List is thrilled to have been with these women every step of the way, and we congratulate Shelly on a victory that proves definitively that every single vote truly does matter. ”

    In addition to Shelly Simonds (VA-HD94), EMILY’s List supported Dawn Adams (VA-HD68), Hala Ayala (VA-HD51), Karrie Delaney (VA-HD67), Kelly Fowler (VA-HD21), Jennifer Carroll Foy (VA-HD02), Wendy Gooditis (VA-HD10), Elizabeth Guzman (VA-HD31), Delores McQuinn (VA-HD70), Kathleen Murphy (VA-HD34), Debra Rodman (VA-HD73), Danica Roem (VA-HD13), Kathy Tran (VA-HD42), and Cheryl Turpin (VA-HD85).

  • Kenneth Ferland

    This will become a story retold for years in Virginia about every SINGLE vote counting.

  • Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC Congratulates Delegate-elect Simonds

    “Voters sent a clear message electing more reproductive health champions to Virginia’s legislature than ever before.”

    Richmond, VA – Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC released the following statement congratulating reproductive health care champion Delegate-elect Shelly Simonds (D-Newport News) on her victory in Virginia’s 94th House District.

    “I am so proud to say congratulations to Delegate-elect Shelly Simonds on her victory today! Shelly has been a true advocate for reproductive health, fighting for comprehensive sex education in Newport News as a parent and a school board member,” said Jennifer Allen, CEO of Planned Parenthood Virginia PAC. “This election cycle we knocked on more doors, connected with more folks online and sent more mailers than ever before because we knew that our health care was on the ballot. Voters sent a clear message electing more reproductive health champions to Virginia’s legislature than ever before. Our elected leaders have a mandate to expand Medicaid, increase birth control access and protect access to a safe, legal abortion in Virginia.”

  • Laura Lee
  • DNC Congratulates VA Delegate-Elect Shelly Simonds, Shifting Balance of Power

    DNC Chair Tom Perez issued the following statement congratulating Delegate-elect Shelly Simonds on her one-vote victory in today’s Virginia HD-94 recount, securing a 50th seat in the Virginia House of Delegates and shared power for Democrats, if certified:

    “The power of every vote has never been clearer. Just one vote secured Shelly Simonds’ victory and shifted the balance of power in the Virginia House of Delegates, ending a 17-year Republican majority. Just one vote has cleared the way for Democrats in the commonwealth to advance a progressive agenda that puts Virginia families first. This is the 16th seat flipped from red to blue in the Virginia House this year, and now, 400,000 more Virginians could gain access to healthcare through Medicaid expansion. That’s what happens when Democrats stand up to Republicans, organize around our shared values, and fight for hardworking families. I want to congratulate Shelly on her historic win, and every volunteer, organizer, and Democratic voter who made this possible. Simply put, every vote counts.”

  • Audio: Remarks by House Dem Leader David Toscano, Caucus Chair Charniele Herring, Del.-elect Shelly Simonds, Joshua Cole (pending recount, possible new election)


  • Philip Whitman

    A great day for Newport News in particular, but also for all of Virginia!