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The Latest: Democrat leads recount in Virginia House race

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - The Latest on the recount in the Virginia House of Delegates race in Newport News (all times local):

4 p.m.

Republican control of Virginia's House of Delegates may be in peril now that a Democratic challenger seems to have won a recount.

Election officials in Newport News said Tuesday that Shelly Simonds beat incumbent Republican Del. David Yancey by 1 vote. The recounted votes still must be certified by a court Wednesday, although officials expected that no ballots would be challenged.

Yancey had won the 94th District by just 10 votes in November. It was the slimmest margin among the four House races that sparked recounts. Two recounts remain in other districts.

November's elections had shrunk the Republicans' 66-34 majority in the House to a 51-49 edge. A Simonds victory would split party control at 50-50.

The parties may have to reach a power-sharing agreement to avoid chaos in the House.

9 a.m.

A recount is set begin for a Virginia House of Delegates race that could alter the power dynamic in Richmond.

Election officials in Newport News on Tuesday will rescan ballots cast in the 94th District. It's one of four recounts that were scheduled following extremely close House races this year.

November's elections had shrunk the Republicans' 66-34 majority in the House to a 51-49 edge. The recounts will determine if the GOP maintains control.

The 94th District has by far the slimmest margin and the greatest chance to flip. Republican incumbent David Yancey won in November by 10 votes against Democrat Shelly Simonds.

A Republican delegate in Fairfax County held onto his seat following his district's recount last week. Two more recounts are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

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