State Certification Keeps Dem Ahead in AG Race
posted Nov 25 2013 11:05AM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Democratic candidate for Virginia attorney general has maintained his thin lead over the Republican hopeful after the state certified the Nov. 5 ballot.
The State Board of Elections in Richmond completed its certification Monday, showing Mark Herring with a 165-vote edge over the GOP's Mark Obenshain.
Herring held a 165-vote edge over Obenshain before the certification. Obenshain has 10 days to decide whether he'll seek a recount.
Both men have dug in, with each announcing transition teams. Virginia has no automatic recount, but the trailing candidate can seek a recount at taxpayer expense if the margin between winner and loser is less than one-half of 1 percent.
Both men are seeking to succeed Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who failed in his Republican bid for governor.