The last of four recounts in Virginia House of Delegates races ended Thursday with the status quo confirmed – Republican Bob Thomas appeared to win against Democrat Joshua Cole by a margin of 75 votes. But whether Thomas ultimately retains that seat in the 28th District remains unclear, as the race is the subject of a pending federal court challenge. Democrats are seeking a new election because more than 100 voters were given the wrong ballot on Election Day. A hearing on the case has been scheduled for Jan. 5, five days before the General Assembly is set to reconvene. The recount held Thursday reduced Thomas’ margin of victory over Cole from 82 votes to 75 votes. A three-judge recount court is scheduled to resolve a dispute over a single challenged ballot and certify the revised results in the afternoon.
The district, spans parts of Fredericksburg and Stafford County, is represented by Speaker William J. Howell (R), who is retiring.
But even with all ballots in all four disputed races recounted, the fallout from Election Day continues.
In the 94th District, where Del. David Yancey (R-Newport News) led Democratic challenger Shelly Simonds by 10 votes, a recount on Tuesday reversed fortunes and made Simonds the winner by a single vote.