Virginia House of Delegates candidate Shelly Simonds was thrust into the national spotlight twice this week — first for apparently winning a very tight local legislative race by a single vote on Tuesday, and again on Wednesday when a judge threw that victory out over a “questionable” ballot that had both candidates names filled in, resulting in a tie.
In a Thursday appearance on MSNBC with host Ali Velshi, Simonds described the “stunt” that led to her single-vote victory becoming a tie.
After the recount, which Democrats and Republicans alike signed off on, Simonds said her “opponent really pulled a stunt the next day.”
“They came in and said from front of the judges they wanted a re-do on one ballot,” she described. “If we were going to be pulling out individual ballots, you can believe me, we would have had a few we would have wanted the judges to look at as well.”
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The deciding ballot, as pictured above, shows both the ovals next to both Simonds and David Yancey, her Republican opponent, filled in. The oval next to Simonds’ name is crossed out, leading the three-judge panel who reviewed it to call it a vote for the Republican incumbent Yancey.
“It was really very unfair that the judges looked at one ballot that my opponents’ team had pulled out,” Simonds said.
Watch Simonds discuss her “rollercoaster” week below, via MSNBC.
Utah Republican is in deep trouble after trying to defend Trump’s breaking of the law
President Donald Trump's poor standing in Utah could cause big electoral problems for one of his loudest defenders in the state.
Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) said Trump would be "foolish" if he did not illegally accept election help from foreign adversaries.
On Saturday, Stewart was blasted by former CIA officer Evan McMullin.
McMullin was born in Provo, attended Brigham Young University, is Mormon and a also prominent conservative critic of Trump.
In 2016, McMullin ran against Trump as an Independent and received 21.3 percent of the vote in Utah during the general election. Trump also had problems in Utah during the Republican primary, receiving only 14 percent of the vote.
Trump ‘will not leave his office if he narrowly loses in 2020’: Conservative columnist issues dire warning
President Donald Trump will fight to remain in power regardless of the outcome if the 2020 election is close, a conservative columnist warned on Saturday.
Andrew Sullivan blasted Trump in New York magazine, honing in on the commander-in-chief's lying.
"For Trump, lying is central to his disturbed psyche, and to his success. The brazenness of it unbalances and stupefies sane and adjusted people, thereby constantly giving him an edge and a little breathing space while we try to absorb it, during which he proceeds to the next lie," he wrote.
‘Veto the Cheato’: Americans gathered nationwide for #ImpeachTrump rallies
Frustrated Americans on Saturday attended #ImpeachTrump rallies from coast-to-coast.
The rallies were organized by MoveOn, Indivisible, Democracy for America, the Women's March, Credo and other progressive organizations.
Over 140 events were held nationwide.
[caption id="attachment_1513038" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Map of #ImpeachTrump rallies in the contiguous United States.[/caption]
Many attendees took the time to create hand-made protest signs, while others held printed banners.