This Week in RSLC News: VA House of Delegate Race Tied, Nevada Recalls Certified, and more

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Republican state legislative candidates won special elections in FloridaTennessee, and Mississippi this Tuesday. This concludes a string of successful special elections for Republican state legislators heading into the new year. Following Tuesday’s results, RSLC President Matt Walter said these victories are “busting the myth that an electoral wave is imminent.”


The Virginia State Board of Elections will meet next Wednesday to determine the winner of the election for the 94th House of Delegates district. Republican Delegate David Yancey went into the Tuesday recount with a 10 vote lead but by the time the recount was completed he was down by one vote. On Wednesday a three-judge panel ruled to count an additional vote for Yancey which made the race tied. Now, the state elections board will break the tie through “determination by lot,” which most likely means they will draw names from a hat to determine the winner. The result will determine who controls the House of Delegates next session as Republicans currently hold a 50-49 majority.

On Tuesday, the Nevada Secretary of State announced the recall of Democratic state Senator Nicole Cannizzaro has enough valid signatures to move forward. Nevada Senate Republican Leader Michael Roberson tweeted “Today is historic,” after the petitions were certified. “Despite shameful efforts to shut down these recalls, the voices of tens of thousands of Nevadans are being heard,” he continued. Opponents have five business days to challenge the legal sufficiency of the recall.

In Wisconsin, two Republican primaries were held to fill vacancies for the 10th Senate district and the 58th Assembly district. Republican state Representative Adam Jarchow defeated fellow state Representative Shannon Zimmerman for the GOP nomination for the 10th Senate district. Jarchow will face off against Democrat Patty Schachtner. In the 58th district, Rick Gundrum defeated a field of three other Republican opponents. The general elections for both of these districts will be held on January 16th.