It's official — recounts will begin before Christmas for two races that appeared on the Nov. 5 ballot.
The race for Virginia's attorney general — first thought to be won by Republican Mark Obenshain in early vote counts, and later called for Democrat Mark Herring after canvassing — will begin its recount on Dec. 17, as ordered by a judge for the Richmond Circuit Court. The judge overseeing the recount will be Beverly W. Snukals, as reported by the Washington Post.
According to the Post, the judge overseeing the recount would normally be Bradley C. Cavedo, chief judge of the Richmond Circuit Court, but Cavedo recused himself last week, possibly because of close ties to the Obenshain family.
According to Fairfax County Electoral Board Secretary Brian Schoenman, the recount will begin in Fairfax County on Dec. 16.
The 86th District is comprised mostly of Herndon, as well as parts of the Oak Hill area and Sterling.
After the state certified the election, Rust, who has held the seat since 2002, had won by just 54 votes, or 0.26 percent of the nearly 21,000 votes cast in the district. That qualified Boysko to request a state-funded recount, which she officially filed for on Tuesday.
In the above video, Schoenman details the process Fairfax County will go through in its part in the recount. The video was filmed shortly before Boysko filed for a recount in the 86th District.
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