Provisional Ballots Counted; AG Race tight

All the provisional ballots are in for the statewide elections. The highly contested race for the Attorney General is still tight, with Democrat Mark Herring in the lead with 106 votes.

Election officials across the state tallied up the final provisional ballots and counted the votes. Locally, more than half of those votes were accepted. In Charlottesville, there were a total of 13 provisional ballots with two for people who did not have an ID with them.

In Albemarle County there were 53 provisional ballots.

"32 of those 53 provisional ballots were accepted by the Electoral Board and then the remainder were rejected for one reason or another. Those 32 votes have now been added to the tally for Albemarle County," said Albemarle County Registrar Jake Washburn.

Despite there being no official winner, Virginia Democrats declared that the title goes to Democrat Mark Herring.

"By the final vote count and canvass, it is clear that Attorney General-Elect Mark Herring's principled leadership and dedication to restoring integrity to the Attorney General's office prevailed over Tea Party Republican Obenshain's long record of sponsoring and voting for divisive legislation," said the chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia in a statement.

Republican Mark Obenshain released his own statement after the ballots were counted.

"At this stage, we are in the closest statewide election in Virginia history...we owe it to the people of Virginia to make sure we get it right, and that every legitimate vote is counted and subject to uniform rules," Obenshain said.

The State Board of Elections will conduct its own review on November 25th, and a formal recount is likely.


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