Mark Herring’s (D) 165-vote win headed to a recount yesterday. A total of 133 localities will recount a total of 2.2 million votes cast last month in the statewide election to determine the winner of the attorney general’s race. Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria began yesterday morning at 7 a.m.; all other localities began this morning.
On November 27, Republican attorney general candidate Mark D. Obenshain requested a recount of the votes due to the very tight margin of Herring’s win. However, recounts don’t usually change the outcomes, according to University of Virginia Center for Politics head Larry Sabato.
Speaking to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Sabato says, “A recount is an extension of the political wars after the election night armistice. The stakes are very high for both parties, plus the candidates, their staffs, and families are exhausted by the long campaign and now the overtime process.”
By the end of the week, Virginia can breathe a sigh of relief and know that the statewide elections have been officially decided and all ballots are counted.