Democrat wins Virginia House recount by one vote

Democrat Shelly Simonds won the Virginia House of Delegates seat in a recount by 1 vote. Photo: Julia Rendleman for The Washington Post via Getty Images

Democrat Shelly Simonds took the Virginia House of Delegates seat Tuesday from Republican David Yancey after a recount had her in the lead by a single vote, reports the Washington Post. A three-judge panel still has to certify the results, but if approved, her victory will bring the 51-49 GOP majority to a rare 50-50 split.

Why it matters: There is no mechanism in the House of Delegates to break ties, so any legislation that doesn't get 51 votes will die. And with just a single vote, the entire state House control flipped to Democrats.