Third Virginia Democratic House Candidate Files for Recount

Third Virginia Democratic House Candidate Files for Recount

A third Democratic candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates has filed for a recount.

The House Democratic caucus said in a statement that Joshua Cole made his request in Stafford Circuit Court. Cole lost to Republican Bob Thomas by 82 votes in the Fredericksburg-area 28th District race, where election officials said some voters were given the wrong ballots.

The party said it’s also considering further legal action.

Democratic candidates Donte Tanner and Shelly Simonds have already filed for recounts, as well as Republican Del. G.M. “Manoli” Loupassi, who conceded to his Democratic challenger Dawn Adams on election night.

If the current results hold, Republicans would have a 51-49 advantage in the chamber. The GOP had a 32-seat majority heading into the Nov. 7 election.

The 28th and 88th District were most affected by the ballot mix-up. 110 voters were assigned to the 88th that should have been in the 28th, 207 were assigned to the 28th that should have been in the 88th, and 67 were assigned to the 28th that should have been assigned to the 2nd.

The other recount requests come from Democratic candidates in the 40th and 94th Districts, who lost by 106 votes and 10 votes respectively. Those requests were made on Wednesday.




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