Christmas came early for the Virginia Democratic Party. In addition to sweeping the executive office positions. a decisive House of Delegates race was decided that ended the Republicans 17 year hold on the chamber. They erased a 66-34 deficit and picked up 16 seats to do so
But the Democrats did sp by the slimmest of margins: ONE vote.
Shelley Simonds (D) after a recount won a extremely tight race for the District 94 seat held by Republican incumbent Ralph Yancey in Newport News, VA.
She was trailing by a razor thin 10 votes going into the recount, but made up the ten vote deficit to win the seat 11,608 to 11,607.
If that result is upheld by a three judge panel today, then the Virginia House of Delegate will have a 50-50 split with a power sharing arrangement.
The speaker of the House would rotate between both parties, with a Democratic speaker in control one day and a Republican speak the next. Committees would have an even number of members from both parties and be co chaired bu a Democrat and a Republican.
So to that person in Newport News’ District 94 who took the time to vote, your one vote mattered in a historic way,
And let that in this upcoming election 2018 election cycle be a lesson to voters in Virginia and everywhere in the country. Never let anyone tell you your one vote doesn’t matter .
Your one vote may be the decisive one.