Republican candidate for Virginia Attorney General Mark Obenshain announced Monday his campaign will wait to make a decision on whether to request a recount in an election the Republican lost by 165 votes out of 2.2 million cast.
"Over the next few days, we will continue to review these results. Margins this small are why Virginia law provides a process for a recount," the campaign said in a statement. "However, a decision to request a recount, even in this historically close election, is not one to be made lightly."
Obenshain's announcement comes on the same day that the Virginia Board of Elections certified the Nov. 5 election for Democratic state Sen. Mark Herring.
The 165-vote victory for Herring comes out to a winning margin of just .008 percent — since it's less than one percent, Obenshain can petition for a recount. Obenshain's campaign has 10 days to request a recount.
"We will make further announcements regarding a recount well within that time, in order to ensure the closure and confidence in the results that Virginians deserve,” the campaign said.
Herring's victory capped of a clean sweep of statewide offices for Democrats for the first time since 1989.