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Election results, recount shake up VA assembly

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By Bre Payton | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau

SHAKE-UP: A recount for the Attorney General results is on the horizon. The results will shake-up the majority in the now tied Senate.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Tuesday’s election changed the makeup of Virginia’s General Assembly and will probably lead to a recount in the race for attorney general.

While Republicans hold a 68-32 majority in the House, the tied Senate will have two empty seats.

The number of GOP-held seats in the House did not change, but the districts represented by Republican delegates shifted.

The 40-seat Virginia Senate now has an equal number of Republicans and Democrats, but that may change after Ralph Northam won in the race for lieutenant governor, by a margin of 10.66 percent.

Northam, a Democrat, represents the 6th District. A special election will be held to fill the vacant seat, and the Republicans could gain the majority.

But this is all contingent on the results of the AG race, as both candidates now serve in the Senate.

Republican Mark Obenshain has a .03 percent lead over Democrat Mark Herring with 100 percent of precincts reporting, according to unofficial results.

But since the margin of victory is so slim, a recount is likely, and a special election will be held to fill the Senate seat.

Gov. Bob McDonnell will set the date for the special election.

Contact Bre Payton at bpayton@watchdog.org or follow her on Twitter@Bre_payton.

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Bre is a national education reporter for Watchdog.org. Contact her at bpayton@watchdog.org, and follow her on Twitter @Bre_payton.

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