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Obenshain requests recount in Attorney General's race

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:52:17 PM EST   Updated On: Nov 27 2013 09:22:42 PM EST

What recount request means for Attorney General race


Mark Obenshain has requested a recount in the Virginia Attorney General's race.
The legal team representing the Republican candidate filed the petition in Richmond Wednesday morning.
Democrat Mark Herring led Obenshain by just 165 votes after the State Board of Elections certified the results earlier this week, so it won't take a major shift to change the outcome of the election.

"The recount process in this case is different from what it has ever been before in the Commonwealth," said attorney Stephen Piepgrass, a member of Obenshain's legal team.

Changes since the last statewide recount in 2005 will require election officials to run more than 700,000 paper ballots through optical scanning machines.

And while the candidate who leads before a recount usually wins, Hollins University Political Science Professor Ed Lynch says the margin in this race is so slim anything could happen.

"And I think it could go either way," Lynch told WDBJ7, "and if Obenshain should come out ahead, and should he pull this race out, I think it might even be by a smaller margin than Herring is leading now."

No date has been set, but Obenshain's attorneys expect a mid-December recount that will take 2 to 3 days.


The campaign of Republican Mark Obenshain says the candidate will formally request a recount Wednesday morning.

Obenshain trails Democrat Mark Herring by 165 votes in the results the State Board of Elections certified on Monday. More than 2 million Virginians voted in the election.

Both men have appointed transition teams, and are now preparing to take office in January.

Tuesday afternoon, Herring issued the following statement:

“It is within Senator Obenshain’s right to pursue electoral victory to an ultimate conclusion beyond the original count, canvass and certification. His tactics, however, will not impede our efforts to build the finest team to serve all Virginians in the Office of Attorney General or prepare for the 2014 legislative session.”