Virginia attorney general recounts continue

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(WJLA) - Election Day came and went with no clear winner in Virginia's attorney general race. With nearly all precincts reporting unofficial returns, the contest between two state senators - Republican Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg and Democrat Mark Herring of Loudoun County - was too close to call.

Recounts continued Saturday with Obershain still in the lead. He gained 2039 votes, while Herring gained 2070.

"Since the polls closed we have continued to gain votes to the point where, according to counts, only a few votes separate myself and my opponent," Herring said early Wednesday. "We want to make sure all precincts are accounted for and results are accurate, all absentee ballots are counted and every Virginian who cast a provisional ballot has their voice heard."

Herring told reporters earlier at the Democrats' election night party that the contest would go to a state-funded recount because the margin was so narrow. The state pays for a recount if the margin is within one-half of a percentage point. If it's more than that but less than 1 percentage point, a candidate can demand a recount at his or her own expense.

Herring and Obenshain are seeking to succeed Republican Ken Cuccinelli, who chose to run for governor rather than seek re-election.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.