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Republican candidate for Virginia attorney general wants recount

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Republican candidate for Virginia attorney general Mark Obenshain announced Tuesday afternoon his campaign will officially file for a recount in the contest on Wednesday.

Obenshain's announcement comes just one day after the Virginia Board of Elections certified the Nov. 5 election results for Democratic state Sen. Mark Herring, who won by 165 votes out of more than 2.2 million ballots cast.

"A decision to request a recount, even in this historically close election, is not one to be made lightly," the campaign said earlier this week.

According to Virginia's procedures, the recount will be supervised by a three-judge court in Richmond, Va. Since 2000, there have been four statewide elections in the U.S. that have finished within a 300-vote margin. Of those four races, three were overturned by a recount.

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. Herring's victory capped off a clean sweep of statewide offices for Democrats for the first time since 1989.

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