GOP questions totals in 11th District race
With the race between Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) and Oakton businessman Keith Fimian (R) in Virginia's 11th district still unresolved, the head of the Fairfax County GOP is suggesting that "there are several developments in the ... race that may call into question the accuracy of the current vote totals."
Connolly currently leads Fimian by 930 votes, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections site (Connolly's camp said Thursday night the actual number was 935). Because that margin -- .4 percent -- is less than 1 percent, Fimian is entitled to ask for a recount after the state certifies the results on Nov. 22.
The three jurisdictions in the district -- Fairfax County, Fairfax City and Prince William County -- are finishing up the canvassing process and counting provisional ballots, with representatives from both campaigns watching closely. Operatives from both parties who have monitored the process say privately that they haven't seen any scenario by which Fimian could make up the difference in a recount, but Fimian has not yet said whether he will request a recount or concede.
As for the incumbent, Connolly spokesman George Burke said Thursday, "We are confident of Connolly's win. We believe that mathematically, there is no chance that a recount (which is just a glorified canvass) can turn it around."
But Anthony Bedell, the chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee, issued a memo Friday outlining several "issues that are being looked at" in the vote count.
-- Ben Pershing
Read more about what the Fairfax County GOP said and see the memo issued by Bedell on the Virginia Politics blog.
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