November 8, 2006
At this moment, Jim Webb holds a nearly 7,000 vote lead in the race for Virginia Senate. With the race still so close, it will be awhile before there is an official winner.
The State Board of Elections began the canvassing process today, starting to confirm that all the ballots were counted and counted properly. It is a process the could take up to a week.
Attorney General Bob McDonnell, who himself went through this process just a year ago, says if any changes come from the canvassing, they will be soon.
"In these next seven days, that is there legal requirement. Most of them will be done within the next few days. If there is going to be any significant changes, I expect them to occur in the next few days," McDonnell said.
After the canvassing process is complete, the Board of Elections will meet on November 27 to certify the results. Only after the certification can a candidate demand a recount.