November 23, 2013
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The closest statewide race in modern Virginia political history is unlikely to end Monday when the State Board of Elections certifies the votes for attorney general and other contests in the Nov. 5 election.
The State Board of Elections gives Democrat Mark Herring a 165-vote edge over Republican Mark Obenshain. In all, 2.2 million ballots were cast for attorney general.
While he hasn't said so directly, Obenshain has signaled he'll seek a recount. He could press the issue to the General Assembly.
Obenshain has given every indication he's digging in, even announcing a transition team after Herring had declared victory.
Herring also has announced a team, vowing to "build an attorney general's office that works for all Virginians."
His spokeswoman notes a statewide recount has never overturned a certified result.