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Fairfax Vote Canvass Completed, Cuccinelli Holds Onto Lead

The Fairfax County Electoral Board today finished its canvass of Tuesday's tightest legislative race in Virginia, concluding that Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax) held a 92 vote lead over Democrat Janet S. Oleszek.
The board will now certify its results in the 37th District and send them to Richmond, where the state electoral board will go through it's own certification process. That won't happen until the end of the month. A post-election canvass is the routine process of ensuring that vote totals from each precinct were counted properly and the results added accurately.
Out of 37,185 votes cast, Cuccinelli's lead stood at less than a quarter of a percentage point. That entitles Oleszek to request a state-funded recount, which she has until Dec. 6 to decide.
But Jonathan Murray, a spokesman for Oleszek, said an announcement of her decision could come as soon as Fairfax County has certified it's results. County election board officials said that they will likely certify the results on Sunday, meaning an Oleszek announcement could be made as early as Monday, Murray said.
---Chris L. Jenkins

By Steve Fehr  |  November 8, 2007; 4:01 PM ET
Categories:  Election 2007  
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