Virginia court rejects Democrat's bid in tied state House race: media
Shelley Simonds, the Democratic Party challenger in the dispute 94th district in the Virginia House of Delegates.

A Virginia recount court on Wednesday rejected a bid by the Democratic candidate in a disputed state House of Delegates race to reconsider its ruling that the election had ended in a tie, Washington's WTOP radio reported.


The Newport News Circuit Court's decision means that a lottery-style drawing will go ahead as planned on Thursday to determine the winner of the race between Democrat Shelly Simonds and Republican incumbent David Yancey.

Republicans hold a one-vote margin in the 100-seat House. If Simonds is picked, the chamber would be split 50-50 and force lawmakers into a rare power-sharing arrangement.

A recount had shown that Simonds won the Nov. 7 election by one vote, but judges ruled that a disputed ballot should be counted for Yancey. Simonds then filed a lawsuit asking the judges to reconsider.

Democratic and Republican spokesmen had no immediate comment on the court's ruling.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)