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just issued by the Herring (Dem) campaign:

STATEMENT OF HERRING LEGAL TEAM ON RECOUNT STATUS

Marc Elias, the lead counsel for Attorney General-elect Mark Herring, released the following statement tonight:

“As of 6:30 p.m., Attorney General-elect Mark Herring is now up 866 votes overall, with 73% of the votes recounted statewide.

“Today, as recounting began statewide, and continued in Alexandria, Chesapeake, and Fairfax, both candidates continued to pick up votes.  Over the course of the recount, there have been 1,133 more votes for Herring and 432 more for Obenshain, for a net gain for the two days for Herring of 701.  Fewer than 120 ballots have been challenged for court review.  This methodology assumes every ballot challenge fails. If you assumed every ballot challenge succeeded, Herring’s margin of victory would be 811 as of 6:30 p.m.

“This enormous undertaking has been conducted with great diligence by local election officials and with careful monitoring by hundreds of volunteers from both parties.  It is our expectation that the recount court will take up this matter in the morning, begin the process of resolving ballot challenges, and ultimately declare Mark Herring the winner, for a third time in this historic race.”

This was as expected, given that Fairfax County, which is largest jurisdiction in state, went heavily for Herring, and given it had paper ballots was likely to have the largest number of undervotes that would get picked up in a manual recount.

Unless Obenshain wants to push it to the state legislature - a move that has already been heavily criticized by several conservative news papers starting with the Richmond Times-Dispatch, this one is baked.

Originally posted to teacherken on Tue Dec 17, 2013 at 04:19 PM PST.

Also republished by Virginia Kos.

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