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November 06, 2013 10:33 AM Recount and No-Count

By Ed Kilgore

As you may have heard by now, the Virginia contest a lot of people were focusing on during the last week when it was assumed the top two contests had all but been decided, the Attorney General’s race, is going to a recount. According to WaPo, with all precincts reporting Republican Mark Obenshain leads Democrat Mark Herring by 143 votes. It’s not clear whether all absentee ballots are in, and provisional ballots still have to be resolved.

If I’m reading the state’s elections website correctly, recounts can only occur after the vote has been certified as final, which could take weeks. So no one should be measuring the drapes in the Attorney General’s office just yet.

Since we probably won’t be talking about him for a while, now’s probably a good time to say farewell to Bishop E.W. Jackson, the fire-breathing GOP nominee for Lieutenant Governor, who lost by nearly a quarter million votes, and a 55.5%-44.5% margin, to Democrat Ralph Northam. If you look at WaPo’s electoral map, you can see that Jackson lost a bunch of counties, particularly in his own Tidewater region, that Cooch and Obenshain managed to carry. So long, Bishop. Good job making your gubernatorial ticket-mate look relatively moderate compared to you.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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