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No recount in close Virginia House race

Kerry D. Bolognese, the Republican lobbyist who narrowly lost a Virginia House race Tuesday night by just 37 votes out of more than 11,000 cast, has decided against requesting a formal recount.

Democrat Eileen Filler-Corn, a Northern Virginia lobbyist, received 5,758 votes to Bolognese's 5,721, a difference of less than half a percentage point in the 41st House District race in central Fairfax County. Virginia law permits a losing candidate to request a recount if the difference is less than 1 percent.

A districtwide canvass of votes late Tuesday gave Bolognese an extra six provisional votes to Filler-Corn's one. But Filler-Corn's 37-vote lead likely was too much to overcome, Republican officials and Bolognese said.

Bolognese conceded the race sometime after the routine post-election canvass was finished at about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. Filler-Corn said she expects to be sworn into office Wednesday.

By Derek Kravitz  |  March 3, 2010; 9:21 AM ET
Categories:  Derek Kravitz , House of Delegates  
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What's surprising was the near 25 percent turnout for a one-contest special election. Turnout was slightly higher in Republican precincts which suggests Eileen should be able to hold the seat if the Democrats have bottomed out.

Posted by: ajlerner1 | March 3, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

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