While Yancey was initially declared the winner of the November election, a recount deemed Simonds the victor by one vote. David Yancey was announced as the victor of the 94th House of Delegates district election, his opponent said she won't seek another recount in the race. "It's hard to see my good friend Ed go, but I wish him and his wife Marie every blessing as they take the next step in their lives together".
A central battleground in the fight for the House will be Orange County, a one-time Republican fortress where Democrats have made inroads. As a result, Republicans retain a 51-49 majority in Virginia's lower house, still a major shift from the almost two-thirds majority they held before last November's election.
The move came less than an hour before the House reconvened for its 60-day session and cleared the way for her Republican rival, incumbent Del.
In case there was any doubt, Trump is still the gold standard for the Republican Party of Georgia.
A state election officials broke the tie Thursday by picking names out of a stoneware bowl created by a Virginia artist. They need to pick up this seat and several others in California to win nationally and overtake the Congress.
Just last month, Issa was one of only a few Republicans who voted against the party's tax plan, doing so, he said, out of concern that the bill's changes to popular individual tax deductions would hurt his district. "Democrats have been over-performing in special elections by about nine points over where a Democrat should be in a normal year".
Meanwhile a Republican has jumped into the 39th race as former Assemblywoman Young Kim shoots for the 39th District seat and has already garnered an endorsement from the retiring Royce.
That changed on Wednesday morning, January 10, when a statement was released by Issa's office in Washington, D.C. declaring he would retire at the end of his term this year. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania. Clinton won by seven points in a district that Republican Mitt Romney won by a similar margin in 2012.
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"But keep in mind, the filing deadlines have not passed in those states", Wasserman said.
The trend has received yet more fuel from the nature of the Republican agenda. Among them will be defending three open districts that Trump won in Minnesota, New Hampshire and Nevada. Royce is also from California.
Under California's election rules, known as the "jungle primary", the two candidates who advance to a November runoff are the top vote-getters regardless of party.
Democrats think they can flip control of as many as four House seats that are all or partly within the county, including the seats held by Royce and Issa.
Young Kim, who unseated Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva in 2014 only to have Quirk-Silva take the seat back in 2016, was Royce's choice, campaign consultant Dave Gilliard said.
Darrell Issa announced his retirement from Congress, the latest senior Republican to walk away from Washington amid mounting fears that a Democratic wave - fueled by President Donald Trump's awful approval ratings - is headed toward Washington this fall.
Still, Democrats are highly motivated.