Obenshain, because of the margin, is within his rights to petition for the recount. The Recount Court has been empaneled and convened twice. Motions by both camps have been heard. The court has established procedural orders and a timeline for the recount.
Chesapeake, Fairfax, and Alexandria, because of their size, are going to begin today, a day earlier than the remaining jurisdictions in Virginia. Tomorrow, the remaining jurisdictions will begin and those three will continue as required. The State Board of Elections will convene on Wednesday, December 18, as will the Recount Board (to recertify the local results). All the jurisdictions will recount and then the SBE will recanvass the recounts. If there are any ballots in question from the local recounts, it will be the SBE that adjudicates.
Anyone expecting fireworks during this procedure will be sorely disappointed. This is a very narrow process. The kinds of games that are available in other states are not in Virginia. Barring malfeasance by election officials, any drama would have to be manufactured. By design, the Virginia process is streamlined. In this case, this is the retabulation of the votes that were cast for Attorney General only on election day. Provisional ballots that were rejected will not be revisited nor will absentee ballots that were not counted. By court order, the election officials may not draw down the number of ballots that were cast (they may not reconcile the numbers; yes that is allowed in very narrow circumstances on election day). Machine errors and voter eligibility are not at issue.
IF YOU ARE IN LINE, STAY IN LINE. DO NOT LEAVE THE LINE!
Electoral College Total of Called Races: Obama 303 - Romney 203.
President Obama's Victory Speech:
* "These arguments we have are a mark of our liberty."
* "Our economy is recovering, a war is ending, and a long campaign is over. Whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to your voice ... and I will return to the White House more determined than ever."
* The President identifies his Second Term Agenda: Deficit Reduction, Immigration Reform, Energy Independence.
Mitt Romney concedes, graciously.
Barack Obama Wins Virginia!
Mitt Romney is disputing the election results in Ohio, but with the President's victory in Colorado this point is now moot. With or without Ohio, President Obama has been reelected.
President Obama wins Colorado and Nevada.
President Obama leads Virginia and Florida but they are still too close to call.
In an astonishing and pitiful move, the Romney campaign is disputing the Ohio result. A fitting end to a truly despicable campaign.
PRESIDENT OBAMA REELECTED!
OBAMA WINS OHIO, IOWA, OREGON
Obama Wins California, Washington, and his home state Hawaii.
Romney Wins Idaho and North Carolina.
Oregon, Iowa, Nevada Too Early to Call, Leaning Obama
Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Colorado Too Close to Call.
CONGRATULATIONS SENATOR ELECT TIM KAINE (D)!
Obama wins Minnesota
Romney wins Missouri
NEW HAMPSHIRE GOES FOR OBAMA!