Virginia race decided by 323 votes

Nov. 28, 2005 at 5:14 PM

RICHMOND, Va., Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Officials in Virginia have certified election results that give Republican Robert McDonnell a 323-vote victory in the statewide race for attorney general.

McDonnell, a state delegate from Virginia Beach, Va., had 970,886 votes while state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, had 970,563 votes. Deeds has said he will ask Virginia courts for a recount, The Washington Post reported on its Web site.

The 323-vote margin out of 1.94 million ballots in the Nov. 8 election is considered the closest statewide election in state history.

Virginia election officials also made the election of Timothy Kaine, a Democrat, as governor official while Republican Bill Bolling was certified as having won the race for lieutenant governor.

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