Bob McDonnell is officially the winner of the November 8 election for attorney general after a recount widened the Republican's victory.
The race between McDonnell and Democrat Creigh Deeds was the closest statewide election in modern Virginia history. McDonnell gained 37 votes in the statewide recount. The final vote, certified [Wednesday] night, gave McDonnell a 360-vote margin. Deeds demanded the recount after the State Board of Elections certified McDonnell the winner in November by 323 votes.
McDonnell says it has been a long ride for him and his family. He says he realized midday Tuesday that he was in good shape when only minor shifts in the voting had been reported.
Deeds, a state senator from rural Bath County, says he doesn't have any regrets about his campaign and looks forward to his upcoming work in the Senate.
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