Mark Herring (D) and Mark Obenshain (R) | Photo: ABC affiliate WJLA
RICHMOND (WRIC) - The race
for Attorney General is still too close to call - only half a percent.
This could lead to a
In Virginia, if an
election comes down to one percent or less between votes, the losing candidate
can request a recount.
However, the candidate
must wait until the election is certified by the State Board of Elections on November
28 and the request must be made by December 8.
In this case, the
difference between Mark Obenshain and Mark Herring is less than one percent and
Professor Ernest McGowen at the University of Richmond says a recount could
fall on taxpayers.
percentages are within one half of a percentage point," he says. "Then actually
the counties and city locals are the ones that would have to pay for
The State Board of Elections
did not have anyone to speak on camera but the Communications Director says all
precincts and absentee ballots have been reported.
At this time, the provisional
ballots remain to be counted.
McGowen says depending
which way things go, this could also lead to the losing candidate contesting
"They can't determine
voter qualification. So whether there was fraud, IDs were incorrect, things
like that, in the process of a recount. But after the recount, if the losing
candidate does not like the result, then they can contest the election."