DNC Congratulates VA Delegate-Elect Shelly Simonds, Shifting Balance of Power

DNC Chair Tom Perez issued the following statement congratulating Delegate-elect Shelly Simonds on her one-vote victory in today’s Virginia HD-94 recount, securing a 50th seat in the Virginia House of Delegates and shared power for Democrats, if certified:

“The power of every vote has never been clearer. Just one vote secured Shelly Simonds’ victory and shifted the balance of power in the Virginia House of Delegates, ending a 17-year Republican majority. Just one vote has cleared the way for Democrats in the commonwealth to advance a progressive agenda that puts Virginia families first. This is the 16th seat flipped from red to blue in the Virginia House this year, and now, 400,000 more Virginians could gain access to healthcare through Medicaid expansion. That’s what happens when Democrats stand up to Republicans, organize around our shared values, and fight for hardworking families. I want to congratulate Shelly on her historic win, and every volunteer, organizer, and Democratic voter who made this possible. Simply put, every vote counts.”