UPDATE: Connolly's lead widens after malfunctioning machines are examined.
In Virginia's 11th congressional district this morning, election administrators are examining two voting machines that malfunctioned yesterday in the race between incumbent Democrat Gerry Connolly and Republican challenger Keith Fimian.
The Fairfax County Electoral Board won't be sure how many votes are in the two machines until later Wednesday morning, but the smallest amount could make the difference in this race.
With all but the two precincts in question reporting, Connolly held a lead of just a few hundred votes. But that was enough for him to claim victory Tuesday night.
"Accept my deep gratitude to be able to continue to serve this public for another two years. God bless you all," Connolly says.
But Republican challenger Keith Fimian ended his night without conceding, telling his supporters to be ready to fight for the election again in the morning.
"Let's watch the returns across the country, and then go home and get a good night sleep if we can," Fimian said, "for tomorrow, we begin again."
Even if the numbers don't change to put Fimian on top, the race could stretch on. In Virginia, candidates can ask for a recount if the margin of victory is less than one percent.