GOP still leads in three dis­tricts with pro­vi­sional bal­lots counted

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO -

Pro­vi­sional bal­lot counts in the ex­cep­tion­ally close Vir­ginia House of Del­e­gates races that could de­ter­mine con­trol of the cham­ber have ended with Repub­li­cans hold­ing onto the lead in all three. If Democrats win any of the three, the cham­ber would be tied.

The Stafford County elec­tions board fin­ished ex­am­in­ing pro­vi­sional bal­lots Tues­day in the 28th Dis­trict race be­tween Demo­crat Joshua Cole and Repub­li­can Bob Thomas. Mr. Thomas main­tained an 82-vote lead.

The elec­tions board also de­cided not to count 55 dis­puted ab­sen­tee bal­lots, a move Democrats are chal­leng­ing in court.

Ear­lier Tues­day, a Stafford County judge threw out a sep­a­rate law­suit al­leg­ing elec­tion of­fi­cials had given “con­flict­ing and mis­lead­ing in­struc­tions” to vot­ers.

Pro­vi­sional votes were counted Mon­day in the 94th and 40th dis­tricts and Repub­li­cans still lead. Re­counts are pos­si­ble in all three races.

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