Recount appears certain as Herring claims victory in Va. AG race

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by Associated Press & 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 13 at 12:08 PM

11:00 a.m. UPDATE: Mark Obenshain will talk about his next step at 2:30 p.m. in Richmond.  

11/13 UPDATE:
The deadline for ballots to be certified by local election boards was midnight Tuesday. Latest results here.
Democrat Mark Herring has a narrow vote lead - 163 votes - over Republican Mark Obenshain and late Tuesday, he claimed victory. 
“Voters in Virginia have spoken, their voices have been heard and I am honored to have won their votes and their trust to become Virginia’s next Attorney General,” Attorney General-elect Herring said. “Over the course of the past week, a thorough and extensive process has ensured that every vote has been tallied and accounted for. The margin was close, but it is clear that Virginians have chosen me to serve as the next Attorney General.
“Today we begin the process of governing. I look forward to working with Virginians from all regions and all background, Democrats, Independents and Republicans to move our Commonwealth forward.”

Mark Obenshain also released a statement:
"At this stage, we are in the closest statewide election in Virginia history. The State Board of Elections currently estimates a difference of fewer than 200 votes out of more than 2 million votes cast. That's less than 1/100th of a percent difference. With the completion of the canvass of local boards, we have finished two of the three automatic steps of vote counting. The State Board of Elections will now conduct its own review, scheduled to be complete November 25th. 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. We have seen significant swings in the vote count over the last several days as errors are corrected as a part of the regular canvass process. The State Board of Elections will now conduct its own review and we will await their results. I thank our dedicated election officials who have put in long hours and given great care to their duty. We will make further announcements in the days ahead."

RICHMOND (AP) -- Virginia's nail-biting race for attorney general has just narrowed.
 
Democrat Mark R. Herring's lead over Republican Mark R. Obenshain slipped late Tuesday to 106 votes out of 2.2 million ballots on Nov. 5, according to unofficial results from the State Board of Elections. Herring's lead had been 117 votes.
 
But that margin does not include some 271 provisional votes yet to be tallied in Fairfax County. That count was occurring Tuesday night.
 
Neither Obenshain nor Herring were giving an inch, with spokesmen for both men confident their candidate would prevail.
 
Many of the provisional ballots statewide had been counted by Tuesday, but Fairfax County had yet to certify nearly 500 disputed ballots. Election officials said they expected to complete that count by late Tuesday.
 
The state certifies the election results Nov. 25.
 

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