December 22, 2017 Published in Choice 2017

Recount In “Irreparably Tainted” House Race Narrows Margin With Lawsuit Pending

The Virginia House Democratic Caucus today issued the following statements following a recount in HD-28 that resulted in a net gain of nine votes for Democratic nominee Rev. Joshua Cole:
“Today’s recount cut the margin to only 73 votes, approximately half of the 147 misassigned ballots cast in this race,” said Cole, an area pastor. “We know that there were 61 ballots included in this total from voters living in the 88th District. We also know there were 86 voters whose ballots should have been counted today but they were instead given ballots for two other House Districts. The Washington Post Editorial Board has rightfully called these results ‘irreparably tainted’ and we agree. This fight is not over until every vote is cast and counted in the proper district. The only way that can happen is with a new election. We look forward to the court’s decision Jan. 5. ”
“We will continue to fight both for Joshua and for Delegate-elect Shelly Simonds, the rightful winner in HD-94,” said House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring. “The majority remains in play, and we hope to achieve just results for the voters in both these districts.”

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