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Likely Virginia recount won't happen soon

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Published: Wednesday November 8, 2006

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A likely recount in Virginia will not happen soon, according to The New York Times.

Democratic challenger Jim Webb leads Republican Senator George Allen by less than 8,000 votes, with over 99 percent of precincts reporting this morning.

"Virginia’s election laws allow an apparent loser to request a recount if a contest’s margin is less than 1 percent — and the margin in the preliminary results of the state’s Senate election stood this morning at about one-third of 1 percent," John O'Neil writes for The Times.

"According to a statement issued this month by the state’s Board of Elections, no request for a recount may be filed until the vote is certified, which is scheduled to happen this year on Nov. 27th," the article continues.

Allen told his supporters last night, "The counting will continue through the night, and will continue tomorrow, and I know you will all be like eagles and hawks watching as every one of these votes are counted."

Excerpts from Times article:

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After certification, a losing candidate has 10 days to file a recount request in the state courts. The petition will be considered by a panel made up of the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court in Richmond and two judges appointed by the Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court. Those judges then set out guidelines for conducting the recount.

The costs of a recount are borne by the counties and cities conducting the review if the apparent margin of victory from the original count is less than one half of 1 percent, or if the candidate requesting the recount is ultimately declared the winner.

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Last year, a recount involving the race for state attorney general did not begin until Dec. 20th. The margin in that election was the closest in a statewide race in modern Virginia history, with Bob McDonnell, the Republican incumbent, leading his Democratic opponent, Creigh Deeds, by only 323 votes of more than 1.9 million cast.

Mr. Deeds conceded defeat on Dec. 21 after preliminary figures in the recount showed that he would not make up the difference.

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