By House Delegate Rob Bell (R, VA-58)
Media release by Rob Bell for Delegate
When the dust cleared on election night, several of the House of Delegates races were extremely close. These included three seats where the Republican was ahead—David Yancey (Newport News), Tim Hugo (Fairfax), and Bob Thomas (Stafford).
After various challenges and the resolution of provisional ballots, all three result were certified by the State Board. Yancey led by 10 votes, Thomas by 82, and Hugo by 106. The Democrats have now filed for a full court recount in each race, as has Republican Manoli Loupassi, whose opponent led by 336. The court recounts will begin on December 12 in Fairfax and will be finished by December 21—you can read an article about them here.
Democrats have also filed separate motions demanding a new special election in the Stafford seat.
If all the certified results are confirmed by the courts, Republicans will maintain a narrow majority of 51-49 in the House of Delegates. Given that 2.6 million Virginians voted, it is of course amazing that control of the House comes down to 10 voters in Newport News.
Many around the state have asked how they can help. The House Republican Caucus has hired legal teams in every jurisdiction; you can help with costs by clicking here.