Republican Obenshain Requests Recount in Va. AG Race

Tuesday, 26 Nov 2013 08:03 PM

By Cathy Burke

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Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain will ask for a recount in a historically tight Virginia attorney general race that he lost by just 165 votes, reports said Tuesday.

The State Board of Elections certified the results of the contest Monday, with state Sen. Mark Herring declared the winner after more than 2.2 million votes were cast.

The Washington Post reported it was the closest statewide race in modern Virginia history, and was within the margin for the loser to request a recount for which the state will pay.

The recount request was declared in a prepared statement.

There was no immediate comment from Herring, but on Tuesday he announced five co-chairs of his inaugural committee, the Post reported.

Obenshain also has named a transition team.

Pat Mullins, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, said Obenshain had "made the right decision," the Post reported.

"Recounting a race this close is simply the prudent thing to do," Mullins said. "Virginians like a quick resolution to our elections. I know I certainly do. But we must take the time to be sure that each and every legitimate vote is counted. Virginians deserve no less."

Republican Gov. Robert McDonnell agreed.

"I feel for both of the candidates," McDonnell said in a radio interview with WTOP, the Post reported.

"Here they are, they've slugged it out for two years, and it ain’t over . . . I think both Mark and Mark are gonna have a stressful Thanksgiving."

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

A three-judge court sitting in Richmond will supervise the recount. It will also set the dates and terms of the recount, and confirm the officers of election and coordinators for the recount, CNN reported Obenshain's campaign as saying.


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