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Recount Likely in Attorney General's Race


With the provisional ballots tallied, a recount is likely in the race between Democrat Mark Herring and Republican Mark Obenshain.

The State Board of Elections will finish reviewing the results on November 25. A recount will occur if the if the tally of those results is within one percent and if the loser requests it. He would have until early December to do so. If the margin is less than 0.5 percent, the state will pay for the recount.

This would not be the first recount in Virginia election history, or even the first recount in an Attorney General's race. The closest outcome in Virginia history, until this election, occurred in 2005 during the race between Democrat Creigh Deeds and Republican Bob McDonnell.

Only 360 votes gave McDonnell the lead after the recount. That is almost three times more than the votes separating Obsenshain and Herring after the provisional ballot count.

If a recount does take a place, an official final result will likely not be determined until December.


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