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Winner of tied Virginia House race to be decided Thursday
Election officials in Newport News, Va., examine ballots that a computer failed to scan during a recount for a House of Delegates race on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. Ben Finley/AP Photo

The winner of Virginia's closely-watched 94th House District race will be determined Thursday by random name drawing after a court denied a request by Democrat Shelly Simonds to re-hear arguments about a contested ballot, The Virginian-Pilot reports.

Why it matters: Thursday's final results will ultimately determine the balance of power in the chamber, which now has a rare 50-50 split after the Democratic wave on Nov. 7. The first recount of the contest named Simonds the winner by one vote, but the recount court later ruled that a disputed ballot should be counted for Republican David Yancey, meaning both Simonds and Yancey received 11,608 votes in the Nov. 7 contest.