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Election aftermath: Recount likely to determine control of Virginia State Senate

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November 8, 2011

By: Geoff Pallay

RICHMOND, Virginia: Control of the Virginia State Senate is likely to come down to a recount, as the race between incumbent Democrat R. Edward "Edd" Houck and challenger Bryce Reeves (R) is separated by less than 100 votes with all precincts reporting.

Here are the winners of the 2011 Virginia State Senate election:


  1. Adam Ebbin
  2. Barbara Favola
  3. Charles Colgan
  4. Creigh Deeds
  5. Dave Marsden
  6. Dick Saslaw
  7. Donald McEachin
  8. George Barker
  9. Henry Marsh
  10. Janet Howell
  11. John Chapman "Chap" Petersen
  12. John Edwards, Virginia Senator
  13. John Miller (Virginia)
  14. Linda Todd "Toddy" Puller
  15. Louise Lucas
  16. Mamie Locke
  17. Mark Herring
  18. Phillip Puckett
  19. Ralph Northam
  20. Yvonne Miller


  1. Bill Carrico
  2. Bill Stanley
  3. Bryce Reeves
  4. Emmett Hanger
  5. Frank Ruff
  6. Frank Wagner
  7. Harry Blevins
  8. Jeffrey McWaters
  9. Jill Vogel
  10. John Watkins (Virginia)
  11. Mark Obenshain
  12. Ralph Smith
  13. Richard Black (Virginia)
  14. Richard Stuart, Virginia Senator
  15. Ryan McDougle
  16. Stephen Newman
  17. Steve Martin (Virginia)
  18. Thomas Garrett
  19. Thomas Norment
  20. Walter Stosch

Currently, Reeves has 22,536 votes and Houck has 22,450. In Virginia, there are no automatic recounts but the loser can request a recount.[1]

Virginia State Senate District 17 General Election (Unofficial results)[2], 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBryce Reeves 50.1% 22,536
     Democratic Edd Houck Incumbent 49.9% 22,450
Total Votes 44,986

Incumbent Democratic state senator Roscoe Reynolds was the only other incumbent to fall in the state senate tonight. Reynolds lost to current incumbent Bill Stanley (R), who was moved into District 20 with Reynolds during redistricting.

If the results hold and Reeves defeats Houck, then the chamber will be tied 20-20, but Republicans will have the tie-breaking vote in the form of current Lieutenant Governor of Virginia Bill Bolling (R). If the recount is undertaken and Houck wins, then Democrats will have a 21-19 advantage in the chamber. Once the results are certified, the candidate would have 10 days to request a recount.

Virginia State Senate
Party As of November 2011 After the 2011 Election
     Democratic Party 22 20
     Republican Party 18 20
Total 40 40

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