House GOP Denies Special Election Winner A Seat

January 14, 2009

(AP) - Majority Republicans in the House of Delegates have refused to seat the Democrat who won narrowly won a special election in Alexandria.

Charniele Herring was certified Wednesday morning by the State Board of Elections as the winner of the 46th House District race by 16 votes out of 2,679 cast Tuesday.

Former Democratic Caucus chairman Brian Moran resigned the seat
to run full time for governor.

Republicans, however, voted 54-41 against seating Herring
pending a recount sought by defeated Republican candidate Joe

They argued that the results might be overturned by the recount,
and it would be improper for a delegate whose victory could be
reversed to vote on legislation.

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