Obenshain Camp Confident in Recount


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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The race for attorney general isn't over just yet.

The winner was called, but Republican state senator Mark Obenshain wants a recount after losing by less than 200 votes.

Wednesday morning in a teleconference, attorneys for Obenshain said they filed the request in court.

The recount will be supervised by a three-judge court in Richmond and each jurisdiction will take a least a day.

An Obenshain victory could lead to a favorable power shift for the Democrats in a closely divided state senate.

His camp said it isn't worried.

"We're confident that should the recount show him ahead that we will have a strong candidate in his seat to take his place in the Senate," said Paul Logan, the Obenshain campaign's communications director.

Undervotes, ballots not completely filled out by voters, will be counted by hand. The Obenshain campaign said that 25,000 to 50,000 of these ballots exist.

In 2005, during the last statewide recount, this was not done.

"The .007 of a percent margin in the attorney general's race is closer than any of those. We look forward to a process that is civil, that is fair that respects that law and that gives Virginia voters confidence in the ultimate results," said Paul Logan, the Obenshain campaign's communications director.

Obenshain's team also said the recount would happen in mid-December.


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