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Virginia AG race likely headed toward recount

Republican Mark D. Obenshain maintains a sliver of a lead over Democrat Mark R. Herring in Virginia's race for attorney general, setting up the likelihood for a vote recount.

Separated by less than 500 votes, a win by Mr. Obenshain would give Republicans their sole victory among the three statewide offices that were up for election. Democrats bested Republicans in both the races for governor and lieutenant governor.

The losing candidate in a Virginia election can request a recount when the margin of defeat is less than 1 percent of the number of ballots cast. The Virginia State Board of Elections reports that Mr. Obenshain received 1,099,630 votes — just 491 more votes than Mr. Herring and well within the margin allowing for a recount.

Mr. Herring, a state senator from Loudoun, told reporters a recount would take place.

"The race for attorney general is razor close and the commonwealth has a process to make sure all the votes are counted and we're going to make sure we're going to go through that process," he told the Associated Press. "The race is far from over and we're going to make sure that we follow the process and make sure every single vote is counted."

Mr. Obenshain, a state senator from Harrisonburg, and Mr. Herring are seeking to succeed Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who lost in his bid for governor to Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

It will likely be a few weeks before a winner is officially declared in the attorney general's race.

The Virginia State Board of Elections must first certify the results before a recount can begin. Certification of all statewide elections is set to take place on Nov. 25, according to the elections board.

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