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Cliffhanger Va. attorney general race may drag on

Saturday - 11/23/2013, 2:05pm  ET

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2013 file photo, Democratic Va. Attorney General candidate Mark Herring speaks with reporters about the vote count in his election during a election night party in Tysons Corner, Va., The closest statewide race in modern Virginia political history is unlikely to end Monday when the State Board of Elections certifies the votes for attorney general and other contests in the Nov. 5 election. The State Board of Elections puts Herring with a 165-vote edge over Republican Mark Obenshain out 2.2 million ballots cast for attorney general. While he hasn’t said so, Obenshain has signaled he will seek a recount, and he could press the issue to the General Assembly if he wants to take it to the limits of the law.(AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

STEVE SZKOTAK
Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The closest statewide race in modern Virginia political history is unlikely to end Monday when the State Board of Elections certifies the votes for attorney general and other contests in the Nov. 5 election.

The State Board of Elections gives Democrat Mark Herring a 165-vote edge over Republican Mark Obenshain. In all, 2.2 million ballots were cast for attorney general.

While he hasn't said so directly, Obenshain has signaled he'll seek a recount. He could press the issue to the General Assembly.

Obenshain has given every indication he's digging in, even announcing a transition team after Herring had declared victory.

Herring also has announced a team, vowing to "build an attorney general's office that works for all Virginians."

His spokeswoman notes a statewide recount has never overturned a certified result.


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