In this 2017 file photo, Republican David Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds attend a "take your legislator to school day" Tuesday, November 28, 2017 at Heritage High School in Newport News, Va. Simonds defeated four-term Del. Yancey handily Tuesday in a race for the 94th District after losing to the seat to a draw nearly two years prior.
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By Associated Press
November 6, 2019

(NEWPORT NEWS, Va.) — A Democratic candidate who lost a random drawing that determined control of the Virginia House of Delegates nearly two years ago has won a rematch against her Republican opponent.

Shelly Simonds defeated four-term Del. David Yancey handily Tuesday in a race for the 94th District in Newport News.

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The close 2017 race between the two went to a recount, then to court. Eventually, officials used the luck of the draw, placing the name of each candidate on a piece of paper and each piece of paper in a separate film canister. The canisters were put into a cobalt blue-and-white ceramic bowl made by a local artist and stirred around. The canister containing Yancey’s name was drawn, giving him the win.

On Tuesday, Simonds won nearly 58% of the vote. Yancey won about 40%.

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