Monday by the State Board of Elections, was 165 votes — 0.007 percent of the Virginia total.
Political analyst Ben Tribbett estimates that Fairfax County has more than 5,000 “undervoted” ballots that will require hand examination because one or more races were unmarked or went undetected by the optical scanners.
Chesterfield County could be another pivot point. The attorney general candidates received at least 800 fewer votes there than the other contests on the ballot.
Chesterfield registrar Lawrence Haake already is under fire for failing to cancel ineligible voters before the Nov. 5 election. Mr. Obenshain carried the Richmond suburb 55 percent to 45 percent — far less than Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II’s 66 percent to 34 percent margin in the 2009 race.
Mr. Obenshain has 10 days in which to request a statewide recount.