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Virginia State Board of Election Certifies McAuliffe, Northam, Herring Victories!

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Today’s the day, finally, when the Virginia State Board of Election certifies the state’s election results from November 5. Photo to the right courtesy of Del. Bob Brink’s Facebook page…posted 6 minutes ago. Updates as I get them…

UPDATE 10:21 am: Ed Sykes ‏(@EdSykes29) of NBC29 tweets, “SBE Chair Judd & Secretary Palmer publicly reviewing #VAAG results from each Virginia locality” (Sykes later corrects to say it’s actually Judd and “Chris Piper, Mgr of Election Services”)

UPDATE 10:29 am: The State Board of Elections (@VirginiaSBE) tweets, “Certification of results of the November 5, 2013 general election is underway at the General Assembly Building.”

UPDATE 10:34 am: Markus Schmidt (‏@MSchmidtRTD) of the RTD tweets, “SBE members about to sign attorney general certificate for @SenMarkHerring #Vagov pic.twitter.com/WvxYGMYu31 ” (see photo below)

*UPDATE 10:34 am: Julian Walker (@PilotOnPolitics) of the Virginian Pilot tweets, “After certification count #vaag, @SenMarkHerring  leads @MarkObenshain by 165 votes out of 2.2 mill”

*UPDATE 10:44 am:  ‏@EdSykes29 tweets, “Wow – SBE Chair Charlie Judd, in a personal statement, says he casts his vote ‘with question’ over the integrity of the election data” (note that Judd is a big-time Republican)

*UPDATE 10:47 am: @MSchmidtRTD tweets, “Wondering if Judd’s concern with integrity of election opened the door for @MarkObenshain to contest if recount won’t sway results.” Sure seems like it.

*UPDATE 10:51 am: OK, Senator Obenshain, since you’re such a “fiscal conservative,” why not save Virginia taxpayers some money and concede the race, since you were just certified by the SBE as having LOST it?!?

*UPDATE 10:56 am: @jeisrael of ThinkProgress tweets, “McDonnell’s SBE chair doesn’t trust own agency.”

*UPDATE 10:59 am: @QuentinKidd of Christopher Newport University tweets, “SBE Chair Charlie Judd calls into question the integrity of the election..”

*UPDATE 11:00 am: Check this out: “Charles E. Judd worked for Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority from 1984 to 1988…was executive director of the Ohio GOP from 1977 to 1979 — when he became deputy finance director of the Republican National Committee and moved to Virginia.” Hmmm.

*UPDATE 11:02 am: Rep. Gerry Connolly’s Chief of Staff ‏@JamesWalkinshaw tweets, “Congrats to Attny Gen-elect @SenMarkHerring. Election results are certified. Note to media…He is no longer ‘ahead by 165 votes.’ He won.”

*UPDATE 11:08 am: @chelyendavis of the F’burg Free Lance Star tweets, “In statement, @MarkObenshain lists Va recount history, says recount decision ‘not to be made lightly’. Is considering it, has 10 days.” That’s bizarre; I mean, he hasn’t been “considering” it for a couple weeks now?!?

*UPDATE 11:38 am: See Obenshain, Herring statements in the comments section of this post.

*UPDATE 11:49 am: Obenshain asserts – “There have been four statewide elections in the U.S. since 2000 that finished within a 300 vote margin. In three of those four statewide elections the results were reversed in a recount.” I found three statewide elections – Washington State Governor 2004; Vermont Auditor of Accounts election in 2006; Minnesota U.S. Senate race 2008 – that were reversed in a recount. Initially, the Republican was leading in all three, but after the recount, the Democrat won in all three. Interesting…

UPDATE 1:49 pm: Per the Daily Press, the Republican chair of the Virginia State Board of Elections says “he did not intend for his comments to encourage any legal challenge” and that “he had not been in contact with any of the campaigns or political parties about any problems they may have had with the count.” Hmmmm.

  • Statement from Obenshain Campaign on Completion of State Board of Elections Vote Count

    RICHMOND – Mark Obenshain for Attorney General Campaign Manager Chris Leavitt issued the following statement regarding the Completion of the State Board of Elections vote tally.

    “With the completion of the State Board of Elections vote tally, this initial count shows the narrowest percent vote differential of any U.S. statewide race in the 21st century and the closest statewide election in modern Virginia history. We’re all grateful for the election officials and volunteers across Virginia who have worked overtime as this tabulation of votes is completed. As it currently stands, the 165 vote margin out of more than 2.2 million votes cast is well within the margin that could be potentially closed in a recount. There have been four statewide elections in the U.S. since 2000 that finished within a 300 vote margin. In three of those four statewide elections the results were reversed in a recount.

    “Over the next few days, we will continue to review these results. Margins this small are why Virginia law provides a process for a recount. However, a decision to request a recount, even in this historically close election, is not one to be made lightly. Virginia law allows ten days to request a recount. We will make further announcements regarding a recount well within that time, in order to ensure the closure and confidence in the results that Virginians deserve.”

  • HERRING STATEMENT ON STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS CERTIFYING HIM AS THE NEXT ATTORNEY GENERAL OF VIRGINIA

    Attorney General-elect Mark Herring released a statement following the State Board of Elections certifying him as the next Attorney General of Virginia:

    “I am gratified that the State Board of Elections today certified me the winner of a close but fair election. I look forward to serving the people of Virginia as Attorney General. I want to thank and commend the State Board, local voter registrars and election officials, their extraordinary staff and volunteers for their diligent and professional work to bring this historic election to a close. There is no greater American duty than to simply ensure that every voter may freely exercise his or her right to vote, and no greater American tradition than to make sure that that vote is counted.  

    “Today, we move forward to tackle some of the unique challenges of our era which fall under the auspices of the next Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Our guiding principle will be to put the law and Virginians first, instead of adherence to extreme ideology. In the areas of public safety, veterans services, civil rights, consumer and small business protections, and ethics in our public sphere, significant progress can and will be made for Virginians.”

  • glennbear

    At this point I would not be surprised by anything the GOP does. Obershain is a Cooch/Tea Party clone and as we well know they garner support with their base by Don Quioxte like stunts, the more bizzare and pointless the better. E.g. – goverment shutdown debacle knowing full well ACA repeal was not going to happen. The “no surrender” gene is baked into the  DNA of the neo-confederates.

  • Constable Fraser

    What exactly is the state of affairs with Jennifer Boysko’s race?  Will there be a recount? Anyone? Bueller?

  • Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe released the following statement today congratulating Attorney General-elect Mark Herring on being certified by the Virginia Board of Elections as the winner in the November 5th general election:

    “I congratulate my friend Mark Herring for his victory in a close but fair campaign to be Virginia’s next Attorney General. He will be an outstanding steward of that office and the important role it plays serving this Commonwealth. He will also be a great partner for Lieutenant Governor-elect Northam and me as we prepare to take office and meet the challenges that face Virginia in the years to come.

    “I also want to thank Senator Mark Obenshain for his vigorous campaign, and for the grace he has demonstrated throughout this tense time. As we move forward I am confident that this process will end quickly and in a way that puts the will of Virginia voters ahead of all other considerations, so that we can all turn our attention to the jobs Virginians have hired us to do.”

  • Glen Tomkins

    “UPDATE 1:49 pm: Per the Daily Press, the Republican chair of the Virginia State Board of Elections says “he did not intend for his comments to encourage any legal challenge” and that “he had not been in contact with any of the campaigns or political parties about any problems they may have had with the count.” Hmmmm.”

    Of course, if some random party wants, purely by chance, to be in contact with him now about any problems with the election, now that his official duties in respect to this election are over, that could be arranged.  Maybe he’ll end up running the Obenshain recount team, if there’s enough wingnut welfare in the deal.