Virginia State Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) plans to ask for a recount in the state's race for attorney general, his campaign announced Tuesday. Obenshain currently trails State Sen. Mark Herring (D-Loudon) by 165 votes out of over 2.2 million cast. The race is the closest statewide contest in Virginia history.
The Board of Elections certified Herring as the winner on Monday, but state law allows the trailing candidate to request a recount at taxpayers' expense if the margin of victory is less than one half of one percent.
A Herring win would give the Democrats the top three political offices statewide, all of which are currently held by Republicans.