Coleman to request recount in tight race for 6th District senate seat

Coleman to request recount in tight race for 6th District senate seat

Coleman to request recount in tight race for 6th District senate seat

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Posted on January 7, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 15 at 8:26 AM

UPDATE 1/10:  The State Board of Elections has certified Democrat Lynwood W. Lewis Jr. as the victor in a special election for Virginia's 6th Senate District.

Republican Wayne Coleman said on his Facebook page Thursday that he will be requesting a recount following the narrow victory claimed by his opponent Democrat Lynwood W. Lewis Jr.

"Out of more than 20,000 votes cast, the election has come down to fewer than 10 votes," Coleman wrote.  "Fortunately, there are procedures and laws to ensure the accuracy of our elections and we are committed to making sure that is the case in this race. There is too much at stake and the citizens of the 6th district deserve to have an election where every legitimate vote is counted."

See Wayne Coleman's statement here

UPDATE 1/9: The State Board of Elections says frozen waters near Tangier Island are slowing efforts to verify the results in Tuesday's election.  Less than two dozen votes separate the two.

The Lewis campaign responded to results of Wednesday's canvas.

"Tonight, results of the canvass confirm that the 6th District has elected Lynwood Lewis." said Manager Kane Miller. "As Lynwood has said all throughout this campaign, he looks forward to working across the aisle to get things done for the people of the 6th District."

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UPDATE 1/8 3:30 p.m.: Democrat Lynwood W. Lewis, Jr. is now leading Republican Wayne Coleman by 10 votes. The latest results show Lewis has 10,200 votes and Coleman 10,190 votes.

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UPDATE 1/8 2:45 p.m.:  Republican B. Wayne Coleman is now leading Democratic Delegate Lynwood W. Lewis Jr. by 190 votes.  The latest results show Coleman has 10,440 votes and Lewis has 10,250.

Check the latest results here.

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UPDATE: With all precincts reporting and a 22 vote lead, Lynwood Lewis claimed victory.
"Today the voters of the 6th District elected someone who puts results ahead of politics," said Senator-elect Lynwood Lewis. "I'm overjoyed by the support across the district and look forward to working on issues that are important to the Sixth and all Virginians." 

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Facebook page early Wednesday, Coleman wrote " Friend, We made history yesterday. An election that most pundits called unwinnable is now entering into overtime. Last night, the State Board of Election’s preliminary count indicated this race is very close.
Today, at meetings of Electoral Boards across the 6th District, the reports of results that were made last night will be checked and rechecked for their accuracy. And, this part of the process will go on at least until Friday.
In short, although the voting has concluded the counting has not. I am committed to ensuring that every legitimate vote cast is fairly counted. In the days ahead, our campaign will keep you up-to-date as more complete information and results become available.
We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you and the thousands like you across the 6th District. When I began my campaign two short months ago, few gave us any chance of making it a race. Now, we stand together having conducted a campaign that is on the cusp of victory. To those of you who have supported me throughout this effort, thank you. Now, I’m going to need that support – as well as your prayers – in the days ahead. We’ve got more work to do right now. But having made it this far against very long odds, I take heart in how far we’ve come and where we now stand. -- WC "

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NORFOLK (AP) --Virginia has another nail-biting election.

State Board of Elections results show Democratic Delegate Lynwood W. Lewis Jr. with a narrow lead over Republican B. Wayne Coleman in a special election Tuesday to succeed Lt. Gov.-elect Ralph Northam in the Virginia Senate.
 
The board has Lewis with less than 25 votes ahead of Coleman out of more than 20,000 ballots cast in Virginia's 6th Senate District. More than 97 percent of the vote has been counted.

The narrow margin leaves the door open to a recount for Coleman.
 
The Democrats need a win in this race and another special election Jan. 21 in northern Virginia to succeed Attorney General-elect Mark Herring to maintain a 40-40 split in the Senate.
 
 As lieutenant governor, Democrat Northam casts the tie-breaking vote in the Senate.

 

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