Localities Begin Recount in Attorney General's Race

By: Sarah Batista
By: Sarah Batista

December 20, 2005

Today over 100 localities statewide began to tediously recount the votes for the Attorney General race between Bob McDonnel and Creigh Deeds.

Originally some localities thought all votes would be in by today, but with some having to be hand-counted, it could be days before we find out if McDonnel will remain Attorney General.

In day one of the recount, localities statewide scrutinized tapes from the electronic voting machines and compared their accuracy to the ballot books. In a race separated by only 323 votes, any errors could mean all the difference and already some errors have been spotted.

"There are lots of errors, but whether that translates into more votes for Mr. McDonnell or Mr. Deeds no one can tell at this point and time," said Jim Nachman of the Creigh Deed's Campaign.

Once each locality is done checking the votes, they'll be brought to Richmond. Any votes still in question will be reviewed by a three-panel judge for a final decision and that could take days.

"I think everybody wants to make sure that every vote is counted no matter what happens," said Nachman.

Bob Mcdonnell's campaign representatives would not comment on today's recount, but a representative from the Deeds camp says he's hopeful the Democrat may still have a shot.

If Bob McDonnell remains the winner, "that would be disappointing, but that would be the will of the voters, but as long as every vote is counted, I think that's the goal of the Deeds campaign," explained Nachman.

If Deeds does take the seat, a special election will take place in February for his current seat in the Senate.

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