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Virginia election 2013: Attorney general race recount coming

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(AP/WJLA) - Mark Herring may be the certified winner of the 2013 Virginia attorney general race, but his opponent in the extremely close race is not giving up without a recount.

Republican Mark Obenshain says he's seeking a recount in the historically close race for Virginia attorney general. Obenshain announced his intentions Tuesday in a news release and said he would formally request the recount on Wednesday.

House Speaker William J. Howell, a Republican from Stafford County, called Obenshain's decision "the right one."

Obenshain fell just 165 votes short of winning the Nov. 5 election.

More than three weeks after voters went to the polls across the Commonwealth, the Virginia State Board of Elections certified Monday that Herring had emerged victorious in one of the closest races in Virginia's history.

Herring claimed victory a week after the election, but Obenshain never conceded. Both candidates have put together transition teams in anticipation of taking over for outgoing attorney general Ken Cuccinelli in January.

Obenshain has signaled all along he would seek a recount, citing the closest margin in a statewide race in modern Virginia political history.

A recount would be at taxpayer expense because the margin between the two is less than one-half of 1 percent.

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