Dates set in Virginia attorney general recount

Posted at 9:34 PM, Dec 04, 2013
and last updated 2013-12-04 21:34:34-05

(CNN) — The dates have been set for the recount to determine the Virginia attorney general’s race, after Democrat Mark Herring beat Republican Mark Obenshain last month by a tiny margin of 165 votes out of 2.2 million.

Officials will begin counting votes in Fairfax county on December 16 and in the rest of the counties on December 17.

The dates were first reported by NBC News12 and confirmed by both campaigns.

Because the margin was less than 1%, Obenshain was legally allowed to ask for a recount. And because the margin was less than .5%, the public will pay for the costs.

A three-judge court, sitting in Richmond, Virginia, set the dates and will supervise the recount.