Democrat Mark Herring continued to pad his lead in the official recount of the Virginia Attorney General‘s race Tuesday — starting the day with a 305 votes lead and widening that lead to 866 votes by 7 p.m.
With less than 120 votes challenged so far, Herring — who entered the recount with a 165 vote lead — appears to be cruising to an easier victory than expected. With 98 of Virginia’s 133 localities reporting by 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Democrat had picked up 1,133 additional votes in the recount — far more than the 432 new votes for Republican Mark Obenshain.
Obenshain stayed quiet Tuesday with no public comment and campaign spokesman Paul Logan would only say that “this is an ongoing process.”
Election officials said the recount, originally scheduled to last through Wednesday night, would be finished by Tuesday at midnight and a special court appointed to oversee the election process is expected to announce the official winner by Friday.
If Herring is finally declared the winner, it will give Democrats a sweep of the state’s top jobs in November’s election. Democrats also took the governor’s and lt. governor’s races.