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Error In Richmond Gives Herring Lead In Ballot Count

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Error In Richmond Gives Herring Lead In Ballot Count

The Democrat who’s running for Attorney General has inched ahead of his Republican rival. Mark Herring (D- Loudoun County) has an unofficial lead of 117 votes over fellow State Senator Mark Obenshain (R- Harrisonburg). Herring grabbed the lead late Monday after the Richmond Electoral Board discovered the totals from one of its voting machines did not get counted last week. Richmond Registrar Kirk Showalter says election officers in one precinct dropped the ball on November 5th. She believes the election officers had fatigue. Democrats and Republicans who are monitoring the ballot count expect to see the numbers change again. Every city and county must complete their work by late Tuesday evening. Virginia GOP spokesman Garren Shipley says electoral boards should be prepared to show lawyers their poll books. Shipley says electoral boards must prove there are no situations where the ballot count from a precinct exceeds the number of registered voters.