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Virginia election 2013: Attorney general race comes down to Fairfax County votes

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FAIRFAX, Va. (WJLA) - The clock is ticking toward a deadline for Fairfax County to certify its results from last Tuesday's attorney general 's election, and officials will meet again Tuesday to finish counting the ballots.

The race between Democrat Mark Herring and Republican Mark Obenshain likely comes down to a batch of 493 provisional ballots that Fairfax County Electoral Board members scrutinized yesterday and will continue to review.

The board approved 172 and rejected 138 of those provisional ballots on Monday night, leaving officials to decide the fate of a remaining 183 votes on Tuesday.

Voters are also waiting to see the results of their choices. Fairfax voter Kathy Jackson says, "I just wanted it to count. It was important to vote."

Stephen Leonelli adds, "Living abroad for a while and being more removed from American politics and then coming back, I really wanted to participate more directly in our politics here because I feel like this is my chance to see an outcome that I would think is favorable."

Officials will begin making decisions on those votes at 10 a.m., and by 1 p.m., they'll make their move to vote on the official vote totals and certify their results.

Virginia's counties have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday to certify their results.

As of 8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Herring held the slimmest of leads in the contentious race, carrying just a 117 vote lead.

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