Obenshain requests recount in Va. AG contest

By Jessica M. Karmasek | Dec 4, 2013

RICHMOND, Va. (Legal Newsline) -- Republican Mark Obenshain has requested a recount in the Virginia attorney general's race.

Last week, the Virginia Board of Elections certified his opponent, Democrat Mark Herring, as the state's next top lawyer.

According to the board, of the 2.2 million votes cast in the Nov. 5 election, Herring received 1,103,777 votes. Obenshain received 1,103,612 votes.

"This morning, we will be asking for a recount in the attorney general's race," Obenshain said in a statement Nov. 27.

"While we certainly would have preferred for the result to be settled on Nov. 5, over the last few weeks we have seen a fluctuating margin that currently sits at 165 votes separating us out of more than 2.2 million votes cast.

"It's the closest race in Virginia history, and as we have seen in other races around the country with margins this slim, this result could easily change when all is said and done."

Obenshain noted that of the four statewide races this century within a 300-vote margin, three have been overturned in a recount.

"The 0.007 percent margin in our race is closer than any of those," he said. "We owe it to the people of Virginia to make sure we get it right."

According to The Virginian-Pilot, the state Supreme Court has selected circuit judges Junius P. Fulton III, Joseph W. Milam Jr. and Beverly W. Snukals to oversee the recount.

Snukals will serve as chief judge, according to the court's order.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by email at jessica@legalnewsline.com.


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