Herring Takes Slight Lead In Virginia Attorney General Race

Democratic Va. Attorney General candidate Mark Herring speaks with reporters about the vote count in his election during a election night party in Tysons Corner, Va., Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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The latest tallies in the Virginia attorney general race has flipped the lead in state Sen. Mark Herring’s (D) favor. 

As of Monday evening, the unofficial results at the Virginia State Board of Elections had Herring leading state Sen. Mark Obenshain (R) by 117 votes. Herring has 1,103,610 votes while Obenshain has 1,103,493 votes. That’s in contrast from earlier in the day on Monday when Obenshain lead Herring by 17 votes. 

The lead switched after ballots in four Richmond precincts were counted on Monday afternoon. But the lead could easily switch again. According to The Washington Post, local jurisdictions must report election results to the State Board of Elections on Tuesday. Virginia will then certify the results on Nov. 25. Either Obenshain or Herring will be able to request for a recount if the margin is less than 1 percent. 

As of Tuesday evening officials in Fairfax County, Virginia were still counting provisional ballots. If the margin of victory for one candidate is within 1 percent of the total vote, either candidate is entitled to request a recount. 

This post has been updated. 

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