Democrat Herring Leapfrogs Ahead in Attorney General Race

Fairfax County still has unresolved results.

Recount in Virginia attorney general race appears likely.
Recount in Virginia attorney general race appears likely.
The clean sweep of Virginia statewide offices Democrats were hoping for looked a lot more possible Tuesday after state Sen. Mark R. Herring moved ahead in the attorney general race by 117 votes out of some 2.2 million cast.

Tuesday, the State Board of Elections showed Herring with 1,103,610 votes and his GOP opponent, state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, with 1,103,493, votes. Herring had entered Monday trailing by 17 votes.

Elections officials throughout the state have been scrubbing their vote totals since the Nov. 5 election, and on Monday Herring picked up more than 100 previously uncounted votes from Richmond.

Nobody is celebrating yet. 

The vote is almost certainly headed for a recount, which either side can request if the margin of victory is less than 1 percent. If it's less than a half-percent, the state  pays for the votes to be recounted.

In Fairfax County, meanwhile, elections officials were trying to verify 493 provisional ballots that were cast, The Washington Post reported. By Monday morning, the Fairfax County electoral board had approved 172 provisional ballots and rejected 138 of them.

Those in Fairfax County who voted by provisional ballot on election day have until 1 p.m. Tuesday to appear before the electoral board, located at the Fairfax County Government Center, Room 315, 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax.

Previously, those who voted provisionally could allow an attorney or other representative to speak on their behalf, but the commonwealth announced Friday that, going forward, the voter must be present themself.

If a voter does not appear, there is a chance the board could reject their ballot.

The deadline for local jurisdictions to report their results to the State Board of elections is today, Tuesday, at 6 p.m. The state is to certify results on Nov. 25.

The races for governor and lieutenant governor were won by Terry McAuliffe and state Sen. Ralph Northam, both Democrats.


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