November 7, 2008
U.S. Representative Virgil Goode says he doesn't plan to concede his re-election race to Democrat Tom Perriello.
The Republican congressman said at a news conference Friday that
he will wait until Nov. 24, when the state Board of Elections is scheduled to certify vote totals. Unless the margin changes dramatically, he'll decide then whether to ask for a recount.
Perriello is ahead by about 650 votes over Goode, based on Associated Press returns and Virginia State Board of Elections returns Friday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Perriello delcared himself the victor in a statement released late Friday afternoon saying, "With the votes in and the extensive bipartisan canvass process effectively complete, the results are clear: Virginians want change in Washington to get this economy turned around. I am proud and humbled to be elected as the next congressman from the fifth district of Virginia."
Perriello also added that he is beginning his transition process for Washington. He chose former fifth district Congressman L.F. Payne to lead his transition effort.
Earlier Friday, Goode released a statement saying that he will most likely ask for a recount once election results are certified November 24th:
"With the vote counting process almost complete, it has become clear that there have been a number of reporting irregularities - including the misplacement of paper ballets and tape records from electronic machines and miscalculations in vote tallies. In fact, almost 20% of all the voting precincts in the district had reporting errors," said Goode.
He added in the statement: "While current unofficial tallies have me trailing my opponent, these irregularities have cast doubt on the reported totals. It is essential that we get to the bottom of these problems and insist on a thorough and proper vote counting process. We will continue to fight to make sure that every single legitimate vote in the 5th District is accurately counted and reported."