Newport News race now tied; winner may be decided by lot

(Newport News, Va.) — Control of Virginia’s legislature hangs in limbo after a three-judge panel declined to certify the recount of a key House race, saying that a questionable ballot should be counted in favor of the Republican and tying a race that Democrats thought they had won by a single vote. After the panel deliberated for more than two hours Wednesday, Newport News Circuit Court Judge Bryant L. Sugg declared “there is no winner in this election.” He said that the ballot in question contained a mark for Democrat Shelly Simonds as well as a mark for Republican Del. David Yancey but that the voter had made another mark to strike out Sim­onds’s name. Now it appears the winner will be decided by lot.