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SBE Certification: Herring Wins By 165 Votes

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SBE Certification: Herring Wins By 165 Votes

The State Board of Elections has completed the certification of the November 5th contests. It shows Democrat Mark Herring (pictured) with a 165 vote margin of victory over Republican Mark Obenshain. A statement from the Obenshain campaign says there’s no decision yet on asking for a recount. It’s the narrowest percent vote differential of any U.S. statewide race in the 21st century, and the closest statewide election in modern Virginia history. The 165 vote margin out of more than 2.2 million votes cast is well within the margin to qualify for a state-sponsored recount. Virginia law allows ten days to request a recount. Obenshain supporters point out that there have been four statewide elections in the U.S. since 2000 that finished within a 300 vote margin. In three of those four, the results were reversed in a recount.