Va. AG's race recount expands from 3 to statewide

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Associated Press

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 18 at 10:04 AM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Democrat Mark Herring is widening his lead over Republican Mark Obenshain as the entire state joined in a recount of the historically close race for Virginia attorney general.

Recount officials and the Herring campaign say Herring on Tuesday built on his lead to 600 votes statewide.

The recount continues through Wednesday in more than 130 localities. The State Board of Elections certified Herring's 165-vote edge over Obenshain in what was the closest race statewide race in modern Virginia political history.

Obenshain petitioned for the recount, which is being done at taxpayer expense.

The State Board of Elections on Wednesday will begin tabulating the statewide total as numbers begin arriving.

Obenshain's campaign made no predictions on the outcome.

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