Democrats Request Recounts in 2 Virginia House Districts, Challenging Republican Majority

Virginia Democrats have filed recount requests in two House of Delegates districts, and the challenges could determine partisan control of the chamber following elections that sharply reduced the GOP majority.

Democrats announced Wednesday they have asked for recounts in districts where Republicans hold razor-thin leads. One is in Northern Virginia and the other in Newport News.

In House District 40, which includes parts of Prince William and Fairfax counties, Democrat Donte Tanner is 106 votes behind Republican Delegate Tim Hugo, the Virginia Democratic Party said in a statement.

In Newport News, the Republican incumbent Delegate Dave Yancy has a 10-vote lead over Democrat Shelly Simonds, Virginia Democrats said.

A Democratic tidal wave earlier this month wiped out Republicans' near supermajority in the House. The GOP currently holds a 51-49 House majority. Besides the two recount requests filed in court Wednesday, Democrats have filed a federal lawsuit over a close race in the Fredericksburg-area where election officials say several dozen voters were given the wrong ballot. That race could also head to a recount.

Recount results are expected to be completed next month.

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