Obenshain’s Recount Request (Washington Post)

Washington PostObenshain will request recount in tight race for Virginia attorney general

Washington Post, November 26 2013

Republican state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain will formally ask for a recount in the historically tight race for Virginia attorney general, leaving the final outcome still unclear three weeks after Election Day.

The State Board of Elections certified the results of the contest Monday, with Sen. Mark R. Herring (D-Loudoun) declared the winner by 165 votes out of more than 2.2 million cast. That result — the closest statewide race in modern Virginia history — is well within the margin for the loser to request a recount paid for by localities rather than the candidate.

The last statewide recount in Virginia occurred in the 2005 attorney general race, when then­Delegate McDonnell beat Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) by 360 votes. The result that year wasn’t certified until Dec. 21.

“Normally these procedures take a few weeks,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “You want to do it right . . . so the recount will be done with a carefulness that will require more than just a few days.”

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