Republican Tim Hugo Officially Wins Delegate Seat for Fairfax, Prince William Counties

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A Republican has maintained his victory in the first of four recounts that will determine control of Virginia's House of Delegates.

The two-day recount at the Fairfax County courthouse concluded Thursday, with Tim Hugo remaining the winner over Democrat Donte Tanner in a district that straddles Fairfax and Prince William counties.

Hugo entered the recount with a 106-vote lead out of 30,000 ballots cast.

The recount increased Tanner's tally by 14 votes and Hugo's by seven, not nearly enough to affect the outcome.

Recounts are occurring in three other districts. If the results remain unchanged, Republicans will hold a 51-49 majority in the House.

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

Democrats also 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.

A Democratic tidal wave earlier this month wiped out Republicans' near supermajority in the House. The GOP currently holds a 51-49 House majority. 

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