All Over But the Recounting

Out of 2.2 million votes cast, only 164 ballots separated the apparent winner and loser in the race for Virginia attorney general as election-board reporting concluded on Nov. 12. Democratic state senator Mark Herring looked victorious over Republican state senator Mark Obenshain, pending state certification and a likely recount that could turn the tables once again. Indeed, over a week of tallying, the leader changed at least three times as provisional ballots came in and a broken tabulation machine was discovered. If Herring holds on, Democrats will claim a clean sweep of Virginia's statewide races this year.



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