Virginia's 94th House of Delegates district

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District map from the 2023 election

Virginia's 94th House of Delegates district elects one of the 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates, the lower house of the state's bicameral legislature. The district is made up of part of Newport News, Virginia.[1][2]

The district has been represented by Democrat Shelly Simonds since 2020.[3][4] In 2017, an extremely close race in this district made national headlines. Following a three-judge panel decision declaring the race a tie, the winner of the 2017 general election was determined by lot with David Yancey winning.[5][6][7]

Recent election results[edit]

Virginia's 94th House of Delegates district, 2013[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Yancey (incumbent) 11,001 51.2
Democratic Robert Farinholt, Jr. 10,458 48.6
Write-in 47 0.2
Total votes 21,506 100.0
Republican hold
Virginia's 94th House of Delegates district, 2015[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Yancey (incumbent) 8,140 57.6
Democratic Shelly Simonds 6,002 42.4
Total votes 14,142 100.0
Republican hold

2017 tie[edit]

The district's election in 2017 was unusually close. Shelly Simonds challenged Yancey for the second time. Unofficial election night results showed Yancey with a 12-vote lead.[10] The race had statewide significance because if Yancey were to win, Republicans would hold a majority in the House of Delegates, but if Simonds were to win, the parties would each have 50 seats, which would have required a power-sharing agreement in the chamber. On November 20, the Virginia State Board of Elections certified Yancey as the winner by 10 votes. Simonds requested a recount.[10] The recount gave Simonds the win by a single vote.[11] Following this, a three-judge panel decided that a potential overvote ballot should be counted for Yancey, thus tying the race. The potential overvote ballot shows a vote for both Simonds and Yancey with Simonds' crossed out, but also shows the vote for the governor crossed out.[12] The winner was set to be decided based on drawing a name out of a bowl on December 27.[13] Appeals by Simonds' campaign postponed the drawing until January 4, 2018. At that time, David Yancey's name was drawn by lot and he was declared the winner.[7] The loser of such a drawing maintains the right to ask for another recount.[5][6] On January 10, 2018, Simonds declared that she would not seek a second recount and that she was conceding the race to Yancey.[14]

Virginia's 94th House of Delegates district, 2017[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican David Yancey (incumbent) 11,608 48.59
Democratic Shelly Simonds 11,608 48.59
Libertarian Michael Bartley 675 2.83
Total votes 23,891 100.0
Republican hold
Virginia's 94th House of Delegates district, 2019[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shelly Simonds 11,563 57.7
Republican David Yancey (incumbent) 8,070 40.3
Libertarian Michael Bartley 376 1.9
Write-in 25 0.1
Total votes 20,034 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican
Virginia's 94th House of Delegates district, 2021[17]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Shelly Simonds (incumbent) 13,725 56.0
Republican Russ Harper 10,734 43.8
Write-in 54 0.2
Total votes 24,513 100.0
Democratic hold

List of delegates[edit]

Delegate Party Years Electoral history
Alan Diamonstein Democratic January 12, 1983 –
January 9, 2002
Ran for Lieutenant Governor
Glenn Oder Republican January 9, 2002 –
August 31, 2011
David Yancey Republican January 11, 2012 –
January 8, 2020
Lost reelection
Shelly Simonds Democratic January 8, 2020 –
First elected in 2019


  1. ^ House of Delegates District 94 map at Virginia Public Access Project site.
  2. ^ "House District 94" (PDF). Virginia Division of Legislative Services. Map.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)
  3. ^ Virginia Elections Database: district 94 at Virginia Department of Elections site
  4. ^ 94th district: Elections. Virginia Public Access Project site.
  5. ^ a b Ress, Reema Amin, Dave. "BREAKING: After 94th District recount, judges rule it's a tie". Retrieved December 20, 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ a b Morrison, Jim; Nirappil, Fenit (December 20, 2017). "Court tosses out one-vote victory in recount that had briefly ended a Republican majority in Virginia". Washington Post. Retrieved December 20, 2017.
  7. ^ a b Moomaw, Graham. "Del. David E. Yancey wins tiebreaker for key Virginia House of Delegates seat". Retrieved January 4, 2018.
  8. ^ "Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2013".
  9. ^ "Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2015".
  10. ^ a b Reema Amin. Yancey wins 94th District by 12 votes; Simonds to demand recount. Daily Press. 8 Nov 2017
  11. ^ Gregory S. Schneider. A single vote leads to a rare tie for control of the Virginia legislature. Washington Post. 19 Dec. 2017
  12. ^ Pascale, Jordan (December 20, 2017). "Copy of Official Ballot". The Virginian-Pilot. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  13. ^ Clark, Dartunorro. "Tied Virginia House race to be decided by drawing name out of a bowl". NBC News. Retrieved December 27, 2017.
  14. ^ Bacon, John (January 10, 2018). "Democrat won't challenge tied Virginia race settled by lot". USA TODAY. Retrieved January 10, 2018.
  15. ^ "Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2017".
  16. ^ "Virginia House of Delegates elections, 2019".
  17. ^ "2021 November General". Retrieved November 16, 2021.