Drawing to break tie in Virginia race

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — As Democrats and Republicans continued sniping Friday over a House seat that could determine the balance of power in the Virginia House of Delegates, state elections officials scheduled a random drawing to pick the winner.

The Virginia Board of Elections said it will pick the winner’s name in the Newport News-based 94th District next Thursday, unless a recount court intervenes.

The race between Democrat Shelly Simonds and Republican Del. David Yancey has seesawed since the Nov. 7 election. Initially, it appeared Yancey had won by 10 votes, but a recount put Simonds ahead by one vote. A three-judge recount court later declared the race a tie after agreeing with the Yancey campaign that a disputed ballot was a vote for him.

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