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Recount For Virginia's Attorney General's Race Starts Today In Fairfax, Alexandria

Democrat Mark Herring won the attorney general's race by 165 votes — of the 2.2 million cast.
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Democrat Mark Herring won the attorney general's race by 165 votes — of the 2.2 million cast.

In Virginia, a recount in the hotly contested race for attorney general starts this morning.

The recount will start in Fairfax County because it has more votes than any other jurisdiction, a massive undertaking that will probably take two days. The recount will also start today in Alexandria and Chesapeake, two cities that will have to hand-count all paper ballots because their scanners do not meet legal standards.

For the rest of the commonwealth, the recount starts tomorrow.

"We remain completely confident that at the end of that process, it will reconfirm what we already know, which is that Mark Herring won the election and will be the attorney general," says Marc Elias, an attorney representing Democrat Mark Herring, who was certified the winner in the race by the Virginia State Board of Elections.

But supporters of Republican Mark Obenshain aren't so sure. The margin of victory was only 165 votes, and nobody knows what will happen when hundreds of undervotes — the ballots that did not register a vote with the electronic scanners — are considered. Many of those voters may have circled the name or written on the ballot.

"We are confident that the vote will change. It will change for both candidates. How much it will change and in what direction, well that is anyone's guess. This recount could go either way," says Bill Hurd, who represents Obenshain.

Although the recount court is expected to make a ruling this week, Obenshain could contest the election during the upcoming session of the General Assembly.

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