UPDATE 11/27: Cuccinelli Is Declared the Victor in Close Race

Updated 11/27
From today's Metro section:

Virginia election officials officially certified Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax) yesterday as the winner in the race to represent the 37th District of Fairfax County.
His Democratic opponent, Janet S. Oleszek, plans to file a lawsuit in Fairfax County Circuit Court tomorrow asking for a recount of the more than 37,000 votes cast in the Nov. 6 election. She has 10 days to file the suit.
Cuccinelli was declared the winner by 92 votes in Virginia's tightest General Assembly race this year. State law entitles any candidate to ask for a taxpayer-funded recount if the margin of victory is less than half a percentage point. A panel of state judges will be set up to monitor the recount.
Most ballots are electronically tabulated. Under state law, recount officials review those votes using printouts. A smaller number of votes, such as absentee ballots, were tabulated on paper, and those will be recounted by hand.
The result will not decide who controls the chamber. After winning four seats, Democrats hold 21 in the 40-seat Senate.
-- Anita Kumar

Updated 11/14
The candidate made the annoucement today. The story is here.

Updated 11/8
The status of the Cuccinelli vs. Oleszek race is updated in this article from this morning's Metro section. A recount is possible.

Originally posted 11/7
"It's a huge win. . . . It's an extraordinary sweep," said a jubilant Gerald E. Connolly last night in response to the news of his reelection to the chairmanship of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the news that Democrats had made significant gains with regard to local offices and in Virginia's General Assembly.

Connolly defeated Republican challenger Gary H. Baise by a nearly 2-to-1 margin and the Democrats picked up one additional seat on the board as incumbent Republican Joan M. Dubois lost her Dranesville District seat to Democrat John W. Foust. The other incumbent Supervisors were reelected and the election of GOP candidate Pat S. Herrity over Democrat P. Mike McClanahan kept the Springfield District seat recently vacated by Elaine N. McConnell for the Republicans.

According to analysis from this morning's front page, immigration issues appear to not have been as significant determiners of voter's choices as party affiliation. Even in non-partisan races for the School Board and the board of directors for the Northern Virginia Soil & Water Conservation District, the majority of candidates endorsed by the Fairfax County Democratic Committee were elected.

The contested races for Virginia's Senate also saw many incumbents returning to office, but Republicans Jeannemarie Devolites Davis and Jay O'Brien each lost to their respective Democratic challengers, Chap Petersen and George Barker. In the District 37 race, Ken Cuccinelli (R) leads Janet Oleszek (D) by less than 100 votes, a margin too narrow for the Washington Post to declare a winner at this time.

The local contested House of Delegates races saw incumbents returned to their seats in each of the races where they were running. Democrat Margaret Vanderhye defeated Republican Dave Hunt for the open seat left behind by retiring Republican Vincent Callahan in District 34.

Bond referendums on schools and transportation were both approved by voters.

By Focus on Fairfax |  November 27, 2007; 9:35 AM ET  | Category:  Politics
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