RICHMOND - Virginia's cliffhanger race for attorney general has gotten tighter.

The Fairfax County Electoral Board completed a canvass of absentee votes in one of its voting districts, and Democratic state Sen. Mark Herring gained more than twice as many votes as Republican state Sen. Mark Obsenshain.

Virginia-wide, the State Board of Elections shows Herring with a 117-vote edge over Obenshain out of 2.2 million ballots cast. But the statewide total vote does not reflect the 3,200 votes added Saturday in Fairfax County. Election officials blame tabulating errors for the initial undercount.

More than 3,000 provisional, or contested votes, still remain to be counted as well. Those won't be certified by local registrars until Tuesday.


Race Background:

Republican Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg has a long record as a soldier in the conservative culture wars. Democrat Mark Herring of Loudoun County has been a loyal member of the Senate minority, arguing for abortion rights and tighter gun regulations.

Herring says Obenshain would push the same kind of 'divisive social agenda' as outgoing Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who is running for governor.

Obenshain has said little about hot-button social issues like abortion and gay rights, focusing instead on public safety issues like protecting the public from child predators and sex traffickers.

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