What Dems Say on AG Race
Post reporter Carol Morello was in Richmond this morning for the Democrats' press conference, and she filed this report about the situation in the attorney general's race:
Creigh Deeds, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, said today that voting machines in the Roanoke area had malfunctioned and he had appointed a team to prepare for a state-paid recount.
In separate remarks, Governor-elect Timothy M. Kaine said the margin in what is the closest race in Virginia history was within the percentage point required to request a recount.
"I'm going to do everything I can to make sure every vote is counted," said Deeds after strolling into a meeting room at the Marriott Hotel in Richmond a few minutes before Kaine was about to give his first post-election news conference.
Deeds stopped short of alleging fraud, and said he did not know what had happened. But he cited "anecdotal evidence" or irregularities reported in both Roanoke County and the city.
"People pushed the touch screen for my name, and on the final page they had voted for Bob McDonnell," he said, naming his Republican opponent.
As of this morning, Deeds said, only about 3,000 votes separated the two candidates, which he said was about .16 of a percentage point of all votes cast. The irregularity was noticed and "it finally cleared up," he added.
Deeds also said that in some localities he did not receive the number of votes he had anticipated. "Perhaps I miscaluclated," he allowed.
Deeds said he had appointed both a transition team and a recount team and predicted it could take as long as a month for the election to be settled.
"It's not over," he said. "When every vote's counted, I'm going to be the next attorney general of Virginia."
In the meantime, he said, he was returning to his home and family in Bath County.
"I've got horses that need to be fed," he said. "I've got kids I need to hold again."
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