Democrat Mark Herring widened his narrow lead over Republican Mark D. Obenshain with a net gain of 91 votes Monday in the first day of the official recount of the disputed Virginia Attorney General‘s race.
Monday, however, was just the fist day of a three-day recount that will take another look at the more than 2.2 million votes cast in an extremely close election that declared Herring the winner by just 165 votes.
Recounts in a third of Fairfax County’s 240 precincts gave Herring 183 votes and Obenshain picked up 92 votes.
Herring’s attorney, however, claims his client now leads by 305 votes when tallies from Alexandria and Chesapeake are added into the mix.
The recount is scheduled to end at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday and Obenshain spokesman Paul Logan said Monday that it is “too early to draw any conclusions” on the final result.
“What we have seen so far today, as we expected, is that the numbers have already started to change, as the second, more thorough count is conducted,” Logan told The Washington Post. “That’s why it was important to go through the recount and to give Virginia voters the assurance they deserve in this historically close election.”