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Third House Democratic candidate files recount

virginia house democratsThe campaign of Democratic nominee Josh Cole (HD-28) has now joined the campaigns of Donte Tanner (HD-40) and Shelly Simonds (HD-94) in filing for a recount of votes cast in the Nov. 7 election.

Cole’s request was filed in the Stafford Circuit Court.

In HD-28, 147 people were given ballots for the wrong House District, while only 82 votes separate the two candidates. Further legal action, in addition to the recount, is possible as the recount will not take into account those 147 disenfranchised voters.

“We remain concerned that 147 voters were disenfranchised in this election, especially with the margin between the two candidates only being 82 votes,” said House Democratic Leader David J. Toscano and Caucus Chair Charniele Herring. “By filing the recount, Josh Cole has taken the next step in ensuring the accuracy of the electoral process.”

In HD-40, Democrat Donte Tanner trails Republican Tim Hugo by 106 votes and in HD-94, Democratic Shelly Simonds trails Republican David Yancey by 10 votes. Tanner and Simonds both requested recounts on Wednesday of this week.