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Herring faring well in attorney general race recount

With 73 percent of the votes in the 2013 attorney general race recounted throughout the state, Democrat Mark Herring led by approximately 800 votes against state Sen. Mark Obenshain as of Tuesday night.

The Virginia Board of Elections in late November certified state Sen. Herring as the winner of the contest by a mere 165 votes out of more than 2.2 million cast.

Obenshain then quickly announced his intent to call for a recount, which began in select counties Monday and the rest of the commonwealth Tuesday.

“This enormous undertaking has been conducted with great diligence by local election officials and with careful monitoring by hundreds of volunteers from both parties,” Mark Elias, the lead counsel for Herring, said in a prepared statement Tuesday evening. “It is our expectation that the recount court will take up this matter in the morning, begin the process of resolving ballot challenges, and ultimately declare Mark Herring the winner, for a third time in this historic race.”

The Obenshain campaign has not disputed the figures reported by the Democrat's campaign.

According to Herring's counsel, there have been 1,133 more votes for Herring and 432 more for Obenshain throughout the recount -- a net gain of 701 for Herring.

"Less than 120 ballots have been challenged for court review," Elias said. "This methodology assumes every ballot challenge fails. If you assumed every ballot challenge succeeded, Herring’s margin of victory would be 811 as of 6:30 p.m."

-Trevor Baratko


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