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Every vote counts as Virginia election race declared a tie

A court has now declared a tie in a Virginia legislative election that one day earlier appeared to have gone to a Democrat by a single vote.

It was the latest dramatic twist in a contest likely to decide control of the state House.

A three-judge panel certified the 94th District in Newport News as tied at 11,608 to 11,608 on Wednesday, a day after a recount appeared to give Democrat Shelly Simonds the victory over Republican David Yancey.

By state law, the winner of the tie will be determined "by lot". It was not immediately clear how or when that will take place.

Mr Yancey successfully challenged an uncounted ballot that he said should have been included in his total.

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