(D-VA) Shelly Simonds ousts David Yancey in rematch of race that kept GOP in power in 2017
It was an exact tie in 2017, ultimately decided by drawing from a hat.
By Dave Ress Daily Press | Nov 05, 2019 | 8:36 PM | Newport News
This time, it won’t need a drawing of lots: Shelly Simonds won her third bid for the House of Delegates on Tuesday, defeating four-term Del. David Yancey, R-Newport News, who was returned to the legislature in 2017 when he won a lot-drawing after a tied election.
With all but the absentee ballots counted from a district dramatically reconfigured this year to lean strongly Democratic, Simonds won 58% of the vote, Yancey 40% and Libertarian Michael Bartley 2%.
“I think the message is that democracy works when people come out and vote,” Simonds said after her victory. “The people made it clear they’re concerned about healthcare, prescription drug prices, gun violence ... and they want action.”
Turnout was down about 18% from the 2017 tie vote.