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State certification keeps Dem ahead in Va. AG race

Monday - 11/25/2013, 2:25pm  ET

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The State Board of Elections in Richmond completed its certification Monday, showing Mark Herring with a 165-vote edge over the GOP's Mark Obenshain. (AP)

STEVE SZKOTAK
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A recount is looming larger in the historic race for Virginia attorney general, despite the state's certification of the Democrat's 165-vote lead.

The State Board of Education unanimously certified Mark Herring the winner on Monday after canvassing the Nov. 5 vote. He maintained the edge he had held over Republican Mark Obenshain before the board's certification.

But the election board's chairman, Charles Judd, expressed concern about what he called the integrity of the statewide vote, citing as an example Fairfax County's count of provisional ballots. Those are contested ballots. The Fairfax board has said it followed state election law.

As he has said previously, Herring declared himself the state's next attorney general.

As for Obenshain, his campaign said it would not immediately decide whether to seek a recount. Obenshain has 10 days to decide.


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