Get ready for another recount, with control of the state Senate in the balance.
With all precincts reporting, Del. Lynwood W. Lewis Jr., D-Accomack, on Tuesday night led Republican Wayne Coleman by just 22 votes out of 20,379 cast in a special election for the Norfolk state Senate seat of Lt. Gov.-elect Ralph S. Northam.
The state Senate is now split with 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans. The lieutenant governor has the tiebreaking vote on most issues.
Del. Lynwood W. Lewis Jr. (D-Accomack) led Wayne Coleman (R), the owner of a Norfolk shipping company, by just 0.1 percent with all precincts reporting. That margin is well within the range for the loser to demand a recount paid for by local governments, although the numbers will first be subject to a canvass by local election boards before they are certified by the State Board of Elections.