A lottery drawing to settle a tied Virginia legislative race that could shift the statehouse balance of power has been indefinitely postponed, state election officials said on Tuesday, after the Democratic candidate mounted a legal fight.\r\nThe decision to put off the high-stakes lotto, originally scheduled for Wednesday, marks the latest twist in a dramatic election recount that at one point showed Democrat Shelly Simonds beating Republican incumbent David Yancey by a single vote.\r\nA victory by Simonds would shift Republicans\u2019 slim control of the 100-member House of Delegates to an even 50-50 split with the Democrats, forcing the two parties into a rare power-sharing arrangement.\r\nA day after Simonds emerged as the victor of a recount, a three-judge panel ruled that a disputed ballot should be counted for Yancey. That decision left the two candidates tied with 11,608 votes each in a district that encompasses the shipping hub of Newport News in southeastern Virginia, setting the stage for the equivalent of a coin toss to pick a final winner.\r\nSimonds asked a state court to reconsider on Tuesday, arguing that the disputed ballot was wrongly included. An image filed in court showed that the ballot had bubbles filled in beside both names, with a slash mark by Simonds\u2019 name. The voter selected Republicans for other offices.\r\nSimonds told reporters that the case had implications not only for her contest but for the integrity of state elections as a whole, saying that without a court ruling in her favor, \u201crecounts would become a never-ending spiral of courtroom challenges.\u201d\r\nThe chairman of the Virginia Board of Elections, James Alcorn, said in a statement that while holding a lottery would be in keeping with state law, such a move should be considered \u201can action of last resort.\u201d He added: \u201cAny substantive concerns regarding the election or recount should be resolved before a random drawing is conducted.\u201d\r\nYancey\u2019s campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment. The Virginia House Republican Caucus said in a statement that it was reviewing the new court filings. \u201cWe believe the court acted appropriately and that the integrity of the process is without question,\u201d spokesman Parker Slaybaugh said.\r\nVirginia Department of Elections spokeswoman Andrea Gaines said in an email that no new date for a drawing has been set.\r\nDemocrats notched historic gains in Virginia\u2019s statehouse elections last month, part of the party\u2019s first big wave of political victories since Republican Donald Trump won the White House last year.\r\nBefore the Nov. 7 general election, Virginia Republicans held 66 seats to the Democrats\u2019 34 in the House of Delegates, along with a majority in the state Senate.\r\nReuters.