Today was supposed to be the day David Yancey and Shelly Simonds had their names placed in small canisters to be picked out of a bowl. Whoever had their name chosen was going to be part of Virginia’s House of Delegates following a tie in voting. It’s not happening today after all.
Instead, Democrat Simonds has legally contested the ballot that was allowed to make it a tie.
This is an important race because it will determine whether the Republicans retain a 51-49 majority or if the legislative body will be tied between the parties.
As Jazz Shaw at Hot Air pointed out, it’s all actually pretty meaningless since the winner will not represent a true majority of voters. This race, and the House of Delegates as a result, will be tainted with a big asterisk:
Ideally any race this close would simply be run again, but that’s an expensive proposition. And who’s to say that the results would be all that different next time? Sadly, there is no clear resolution to the situation. It’s a case of dealing with the rules and simply living with the results. But any new laws enacted by the Virginia House of Delegates over the next term are going to have an asterisk next to them in the minds of most voters no matter who wins. It’s one more case where there simply was not a clear expression of the will of the people available.