As of Tuesday morning, Mark Herring, the Democratic contender for Virginia attorney general, leads Republican state Senator Mark Obenshain by only 117 votes. That's a slight change from Monday, when Obenshain was ahead — by a mere 17 votes.
By Tuesday afternoon election boards across Virginia have to turn in their final tallies, ahead of a possible recount of the votes. But regardless of who emerges victorious, the race for the commonwealth's top law enforcement official could well end up being the closest in modern history.
The last race to be this tight wasn't long ago — and it was for the same office. In 2005 now-governor Bob McDonnell defeated Democratic hopeful Creigh Deeds in the attorney general contest by a mere 323 votes of the 1.94 million cast, a difference of .01 percent. It took state officials six weeks to recount the votes and certify the hotly contested election.
The McDonnell/Deeds election could remain at the top of the list, though, depending on how the counting of provisional ballots in Fairfax County proceeds today.