First stop: Fairfax County.
Statewide, the Attorney General victory went to Democrat Mark Herring over Republican Mark Obenshain by just 165 votes of more than 2.2 million cast. If confirmed by the statewide recount, it will be the first sweep of the five statewide elected party offices in Virginia in decades.
The latest statewide totals.
Totals as of Dec. 15, 2013:
Mark Herring: 1,103,777
Mark Obenshain: 1,103,612
Fairfax County totals (pre-recount):
Mark Herring: 184,963
Mark Obenshain: 117,425
Elsewhere in Fairfax County, there is one other race that is also being recounted—Delegate to the 86th District, which encompasses Herndon and parts of Sterling and Oak Hill.
In that race, Republican incumbent Tom Rust, who has held the seat since 2002, beat Democrat Jennifer Boysko by just 54 votes, or 0.26 percent, according to state-certified totals. Boysko recently requested a state-funded recount, which she is entitled to since the margin was under half a percent.
From The Washington Post:
On Monday, 40 teams of Fairfax recount officials — each consisting of one Democrat and one Republican — will begin feeding ballots back through machines or hand-counting the ballots that can’t be read. Each team will be watched by observers from the two campaigns, while (Fairfax Electoral Board Secretary Brian) Schoeneman and Seth T. Stark, the electoral board chairman, oversee the process.
Fairfax is getting a court-approved head start, along with Alexandria and Chesapeake. The rest of the state will conduct the recount Dec. 17 and Dec. 18. Results are expected by the end of the week, as long as the election doesn't face any additional legal challenges from the losing candidate.
Fairfax's Office of Elections has lots of information (and just about every imaginable correspondence) regarding this year's recount.
PATCH WILL BE UPDATING THIS ARTICLE THROUGHOUT THE WEEK AS RECOUNT INFORMATION BECOMES AVAILABLE.
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