RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Republican won a Virginia state House of Delegates race so close that its outcome was determined by pulling his name out of a ceramic bowl Thursday.

The win allows the Republicans to maintain a slim majority in the House, though a final tally is still uncertain because another close race is locked in a court battle and the Democrat in the race can ask for yet another recount.

Del. David Yancey’s named was chosen out of a ceramic bowl, making him the winner of the 94th District race. The name of each candidate was printed on a piece of paper and placed into separate film canisters. The canisters were put into a cobalt-blue-and-white ceramic bowl made by a local artist, stirred around and Yancey’s name was chosen first.

It’s been nearly 50 years since a legislative seat was settled by drawing lots in Virginia.

Click to continue. By ALAN SUDERMAN, Associated Press, Jan 4, 2017.


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