Politifact Virginia: Why Mark Obenshain requested a recount

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The race for attorney general is over, but it was historically close. That's why Republican Mark Obenshain asked for a recount.

Here's what he said as part of his reasoning: "Of the four statewide races this century within a 300-vote margin, three have been overturned in a recount."

Is he right? According to Politifact, that statement is true. Although, as Sean Gorman explains, these situations are not exactly like the one Obenshain was dealing with.

"Virginia has a largely electronic voting process, which they said would have led to a smaller percentage of a hand recount (votes being recounted by hand), than there had been in a couple other states where he had cited that there had been an overturning of the election results," Gorman said.

You can see all the information behind this week's Politifact Virginia report on their web site, www.politifactvirginia.com and on the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

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