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Dem holds scant lead in key Virginia Senate race

Wednesday - 1/8/2014, 1:40am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Virginia has another nail-biting election.

State Board of Elections results show Democratic Delegate Lynwood W. Lewis Jr. with a narrow lead over Republican B. Wayne Coleman in a special election Tuesday to succeed Lt. Gov.-elect Ralph Northam in the Virginia Senate.

The board has Lewis with less than 25 votes ahead of Coleman out of more than 20,000 ballots cast in Virginia's 6th Senate District. More than 97 percent of the vote has been counted.

The narrow margin leaves the door open to a recount for Coleman.

The Democrats need a win in this race and another special election Jan. 21 in northern Virginia to succeed Attorney General-elect Mark Herring to maintain a 20-20 split in the Senate.

As lieutenant governor, Democrat Northam casts the tie-breaking vote in the Senate.


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