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Virginia candidate wins rematch after losing 2017 race when names were drawn from bowl

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Newport News, Virginia — A Democratic candidate who lost a random drawing out of a bowl that determined control of the Virginia House of Delegates nearly two years ago has won a rematch against her Republican opponent.

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

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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Democrat House of Delegates candidate Shelly Simonds at her watch party on Election Night 2019, November 5, in Newport News, Virginia WTKR-TV

At her watch party in Newport News, Simonds told CBS Norfolk affiliate WTKR-TV the keys to her win were voter turnout and most importantly, perseverance.

"I'm just so glad that the voters of Newport News helped us rewrite the ending of our story," Simonds said. "It didn't have to end with a bowl."

Democrats on Tuesday erased razor-thin majorities Republicans held in both chambers of the state legislature and now hold all three branches of government in Virginia for the first time in a generation.A Democratic candidate who lost a random drawing out of a bowl that determined control of the Virginia House of Delegates nearly two years ago has won a rematch against her Republican opponent.

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

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.

Tie In Election For Virginia House Seat Decided By Draw From Bowl
Slips of paper with the names of Virginia House of Delegates candidates Shelly Simonds, a Democrat, and incumbent Delegate David Yancy, a Republican, are drawn from a bowl during a Virginia State Board of Elections meeting on January 4, 2018 in Richmond. The drawing was used to decide their race for Yancy's seat. Win McNamee / Getty Images

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

At her watch party in Newport News, Simonds told CBS Norfolk affiliate WTKR-TV the keys to her win were voter turnout and most importantly, perseverance.

"I'm just so glad that the voters of Newport News helped us rewrite the ending of our story," Simonds said. "It didn't have to end with a bowl."

Democrats on Tuesday erased razor-thin majorities Republicans held in both chambers of the state legislature and now hold all three branches of government in Virginia for the first time in a generation.

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