Lady luck registered as a Republican Thursday, handing the party a victory in an unusual lottery to determine the outcome of not only a tied Virginia House of Delegates race, but control of the entire chamber. With the outcome, Republicans are set to maintain their narrow 51-49 majority in the state House — though Democrats indicated they may still call for another recount, meaning the saga is not quite over yet. After a dramatic contest between incumbent Republican David Yancey and Democratic challenger Shelly Simonds, which included a recount and several legal challenges, the race for the 94th District of the House Delegates came down to a random drawing — a first for the state since 1971.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.