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Va. Attorney General Race Too Close to Call

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Mark Herring (D) and Mark Obenshain (R) | Photo: ABC affiliate WJLA 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 recount.

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.

"Because the 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 them."

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 the election.

"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."


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