Lewis takes 6th Senate District Recount by 11 votes

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Associated Press & 13News Now

Posted on January 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 27 at 7:00 PM

1/27  5:45 PM UPDATE: Democrat Lynwood Lewis has won the recount in the special election in State Senate District 6. Lewis gained two votes in the recount to take his margin of victory to 11. There are several reports that Coleman has conceded the race.

1/27 UPDATE: The recount is underway in the 6th District - which covers Norfolk, a small section of Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore.

George Shafer, clerk of Norfolk Circuit Court, told WVEC.com, "Expectations are that the recount here should be finished sometime past noon, but initially seems to be going slow."

1/22 UPDATE: In an email to supporters Wednesday, Wayne Coleman said the recount for the 6th District State Senate special election has been set for 8 a.m. Monday, January 27.

The recount will take place in each locality within the 6th district.  The instructions and process are outlined in a recent order released by the court in charge of the recount.

The results certified by the State Board of Elections show a difference of just 9 votes out of more than 20,000 cast.

ACCOMAC (AP) -- A Senate race that could determine the balance of the Virginia Senate is headed to a recount.

Republican businessman Wayne Coleman petitioned for the recount on Thursday.

"We owe it to the people of the 6th District to make sure we get this one right and that every legitimate vote cast in this election is fairly and accurately counted," he wrote.

Coleman trails Delegate Lynwood Lewis Jr. by nine votes out of more than 20,000 cast in a special election to succeed fellow Democrat Ralph Northam, who left his 6th District Senate seat to successfully run for lieutenant governor.

The district includes Norfolk, a small section of Virginia Beach and the Eastern Shore.

If Lewis' edge holds and a Democrat wins in special election in northern Virginia next week, the Senate will be split 20-20 with Northam casting the vote on ties.

AP-WF-01-16-14 0809GMT

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