Mark Obenshain (R) and Democrat Mark Herring have been anxiously awaiting the count of the attorney general race for three weeks and it’s looking like there will be a recount. Out of 2.2 million votes, the difference in the race is only a mere 165 and is the closest race in modern Virginia history, reports ABC 7.
Mark Obenshain hasn’t made a formal announcement that he will be asking for a recount. However, in an email to the Associated Press, spokesman Paul Logan writes, “With such a historically narrow margin, Virginia voters expect and deserve a careful process that ensures that every legitimate vote is counted.”
Mark Herring and his campaign team are expecting the victory tonight, but with a race this close there will be no surprise if Obenshain does go through with the recount. In Virginia, a candidate can request one if the difference is less than 1%, which there is no question about in this case. Spokeswoman for Mark Herring commented on a recount saying, “We anticipate the Herring victory will be certified on Monday – and no statewide recount has ever overturned a certified result.”
We will get the results of the election by the end of the night and a recount will be of no surprise to any of us.