Virginia Attorney General race recount gets preliminary court hearing

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The recount in the race for Virginia attorney general is headed to a preliminary hearing in Richmond Circuit Court.

The hearing Wednesday is one of the first steps before a recount court is convened to settle disputed ballots in the protracted contest between Democrat Mark Herring and Republican Mark Obenshain. Herring has a 165-vote edge over his fellow state senator.

Obenshain petitioned the court for a recount after the state certified Herring's razor-thin edge, the closest statewide contest in modern Virginia political history. Under state law, the cost of the recount will be at taxpayer expense.

The recount court is expected to convene in mid-December.

Both men are hoping to succeed Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who ran unsuccessfully for governor.